Air Ambulance

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas/Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 15:26 (800 days ago)

I am no expert and I don't endorse any company. I have researched this subject and offer the following information. The best explanation of what really happens when you need air evacuation according to Air Ambulance 1.

You incur injury or illness. Your Doctor deems you need care and air evacuation. The Doctor MUST contact your Hospital in U.S. and arrange for admission. The Air Ambulance company is ten called. They assemble a crew and verify you have a destination hospital bed. Air Ambulance flies down, arranges ground transportation to local airport, flies you back, arranges ground transportation to hospital. Total time something like 12 to 18 hours. Cost ZIH to HOU is $12,500.

That's it in a nutshell. These steps may appear to be somewhat cumbersome but is controlled by international law. The air ambulance must follow these procedures, the onus is on them or they lose their license. They cannot simply take a request, launch a plane, pick up the patient, fly them to U.S. and drop them at the airport. They MUST follow legal procedures and take care of the patient bed-to-bed. I see two issues here when thinking about medical evacuation: 1. The insurance company makes the decision on transport over ground to a nearby facility (they make the decision where you are going) and 2. It may take longer with an insurance company rather than going direct to air ambulance company. And of course, the COST.

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