Reasons for Quick Medical Repatriation to Reduce the Risks
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Medical repatriation is often essential when you or your loved ones are gravely injured or ill overseas. Air ambulances can immediately and safely return the patient to US soil so that he or she can receive adequate medical attention.
So why is it necessary to bring patients back to the country to receive proper medical care? These are some of the reasons.
Lack of Proper Medical Services Abroad
In many countries, medical facilities are not as efficient as in the US. Lack of proper medical equipment and skilled doctors can prove detrimental to a patient’s health. Airjetline’s superior air and ground ambulances can quickly and efficiently transport a critical patient to better medical facilities in the US and reduce the risk of improper treatment. It might be necessary to stabilize the patient before transportation sometimes. Our highly trained medical staff can administer adequate medical care to the patient while boarding and during the flight.
Coverage Provided by Insurance or Medicare
Although medical repatriation can be quite expensive, it still might cost less than getting treated in a foreign country since the patient might not have insurance for medical expenses abroad. It is always advisable to check with the patient’s insurance company to learn about the coverages applicable for medical care abroad and an air ambulance. Without coverage, medical bills can rise very high over there. You can get quotes from air ambulance companies so that you can compare the costs of medical repatriation and continuing treatment where you are.
US Doctors Have Access to Patient’s Medical History
Doctors abroad might have to run several tests to understand a patient’s medical status, whereas doctors in the US will have access to their complete medical history.
Care of Loved Ones
When a patient falls ill or gets injured in a foreign country, they often have to navigate the medical care facilities on their own. The doctors and other medical staff may or may not speak English. Once bought back home, patients can be with their loved ones who can provide a lot of love and support. Studies have shown that patients show faster and better recovery under the care of loved ones.
At Airjetline, we can provide various kinds of services to get the patient back home, such as communicating with the foreign medical staff in their language to understand the extent of the medical emergency. We can also work with the local airport authorities and immigration to expedite the patient’s transportation back to the country. In life-threatening conditions where medical facilities might prove to be insufficient, time is of the essence. We can provide an air ambulance worldwide within a short time to evacuate the patient.
In the most severe cases, our air ambulance services can reach the patient within 24 hrs, depending on the patient’s location. Our medical repatriation advisors can provide adequate directions and suggestions regarding the options. Repatriation options can depend on various circumstances.
Patient’s Medical Condition
Depending on the severity of the patient’s medical condition, medical transportation options can get decided. Extremely severe cases would need to be transported by an air ambulance plane. That includes patients who are on ventilators or those who need more than 2-3 liters of oxygen per minute. Stable patients who are not in critical condition can be transported by stretcher or with a medical escort by commercial airlines. For very short cross border distances, patients can get transported by air ambulance helicopters or ground ambulances. The only patients who cannot get transported internationally are mothers who are in labor.
Location of Patient
We can provide air ambulances to any place on earth, as long as the country is not at war. Depending on the distance of the patient’s location from the desired destination, the type and mode of medical transportation will be determined. Since air ambulance costs get calculated per mile, stretcher transport or medical escorts would be less expensive in case of less severe cases. We can recommend the shortest flight available from the location and provide bed-to-bed support by ground transportation.
As we mentioned before, medical repatriation can be expensive, especially air ambulances. If the costs do not matter, or if there is adequate insurance or medicare coverage, then air ambulance is the best option as it provides the safest and fastest transportation. There are other, more affordable options, such as stretcher support, medical escorts, and ground ambulances. However, these options might only be feasible if the condition and location of the patient justify it.
Family Members with the Patient
Family members can accompany the patient during medical evacuation in almost all of our modes of transportation. In an air ambulance, the number of accompanying family members might be limited to one or two, depending on the patient’s circumstances, onboard medical personnel, and equipment.
Other than the information mentioned above, here are a few FAQs that patients and their family members usually ask.
How much notice do you need to provide air ambulance services?
Although it is advisable to book an air ambulance a few days in advance, we understand that accidents cannot be foreseen. In urgent circumstances, we can begin preparations for medical evacuation within 2 – 4 hrs after we receive confirmation. Some factors can determine the time required, such as the need for special equipment, location of the patient, immigration requirements, landing arrangements, and a few others. If the circumstances permit you to book an air ambulance in advance, we recommend a 5 to 7 days notice period.
Does medicare cover air ambulances?
In certain medical cases, Part B of medicare might cover the cost of air ambulances. Certain conditions define the requirement of an air ambulance, which should be cross-checked.
Does insurance cover air ambulances?
That is entirely dependent on your travel, health, or medical policy and the insurance company. The best thing to do would be to check with them directly.
Do air ambulances fly at night?
Air ambulances can fly at night very well, however not all airports or landing places allow night landing. We will check this before planning the itinerary but there might be a possibility that the patient might need to be transported by ground ambulance from the nearest airport that allows landing at night.