Medical air transport moves patients in critical condition to and from health facilities over long distances, when time is of the essence. It is a good option for travelers, or for people who live in remote or hard-to-access areas. It can also be an excellent idea for patients who may need to reach specialized medical facilities quickly in case of emergency.

When choosing between medical air transport companies, there are important differences to consider first. For instance, only some companies accept people with pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, while certain companies mandate “medical necessity” before rendering services, others do not. Most medical air transport providers require that healthcare professionals travel with patients, but their level of training varies. Some use professionals with special instruction for air ambulances, others simply use staff with standard training, and others require EMT or paramedic preparation.

Make sure that the company you choose is accredited or certified. The most common are the CAMTS accreditation (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems), the FAA Part 135 Certificate, and the ARGUS rating, which rates and certifies chartered aircraft providers that have demonstrated a certain level of safety and competence. Also remember to evaluate their reputation, and whether they offer round-the-clock customer service.

Remember to always compare quotes from different companies before making a final decision. If the patient has insurance coverage, learn the facts about what air medical transport costs are included and under what specific circumstances. Are there regional restrictions? Is there financial limit to coverage? If abroad, will the company be able to provide medical transportation back to the member’s home country? How long is the initial waiting period?


TOP 9 COMPANIES

#1
Our Partner
  • Pre-existing conditions covered
  • Home country hospital of choice
  • Access to 250 private air ambulances in 50 locations
  • No medical necessity
  • No costs limits (domestic and international)
#2
  • Fly to any US or Canada hospital you choose
  • No medical necessity requirement
  • Valid in US and worldwide
  • No waiting period
  • No maximum dollar limit
  • Domestic and foreign travel
  • Up to age 74 years
#3
  • No co-pay, no deductible
  • No medical necessity
  • Covers pre-existing conditions
  • No claim limits
  • Air medical transport to hospital of your choice
#4
  • Available for all nationalities
  • Starts at $119
  • 100 miles from home
  • 2 transports per year
  • Up to $500,000 limit
#5
  • Worldwide coverage
  • 24/7 support
  • Bed to bed service
  • Over 4,800 medical personnel
  • Multi-lingual
  • Medical and security services
  • $1,000,000 limit on medical repatriation and evacuation

 

#6
  • Transport to member’s home hospital or medical facility
  • No co-pays, no deductibles, no claim forms
  • Starts at $6 per day (short term plans)
  • 32 countries
  • 2 services per person per year
  • Vehicle return
#7
  • No claim limits
  • No deductibles
  • No age limits
  • No health questions
#8
  • Transport to home hospital
  • 99 miles or more away from home
  • Vehicle return
  • For ages 75 years and older (senior plan)
  • No claim forms
  • No physical examination
#9
  • United States only (15 states)
  • Starts at $65
  • No air transport limits
  • No deductibles
  • Transport to the nearest medical facility