Tips & Advice
What types of aircraft are used for air ambulance services?
The most common type of aircraft used for air ambulance services are helicopters. They are versatile in their landing and lift off capabilities and can reach high altitudes where aircraft runways do not exist. However, fixed-wing aircraft are used occasionally, especially if a patient is in a more stable situation and requires longer transport. This could occur if a patient is moving from one hospital to another in a distant location.
Do air ambulance companies need accreditation?
Some states require accreditation for air ambulance services. However, accreditation is not federally mandated, and is considered voluntary.
When does an air ambulance become necessary?
An air ambulance becomes necessary when there is no other option for the patient to be transported to a medical facility – either because of time (critically wounded) or location, (the patient is in a remote location with limited or no ground support available).
Is air ambulance covered by health insurance or other medical coverage?
Depending on the insurance coverage, it might be covered if air ambulance is medically necessary to save a life or there is no other option for transport. Both travel and medical insurance might cover the high cost of an air ambulance. Make sure to consult your policy or speak to your insurance rep for specifics far in advance of any medical emergency. You probably won’t have time, or even the means to do it later.
How much does an air ambulance cost?
Air ambulance service costs will vary depending on location of extraction, transportation range, number of medical personnel and any specialized crew or personnel necessary. You can expect to pay $10,000 or more for an air ambulance.
What is an air ambulance?
An air ambulance is a medical transportation aircraft, usually a helicopter, used to extract and transport patients to a hospital or clinic. Air ambulance services is designed for rapid transit in life-threatening situations. Air ambulances are also critical in serving rural and remote areas where ground transportation access is limited.
Do medical centers provide specialty care?
Academic medical centers provide the widest range of specialty care treatments, including the latest technological advances, clinical trials, and surgical techniques. In general, an academic medical center is a better choice than a community hospital for complicated treatments or rare diseases. Pediatric intensive care, especially, is usually performed at academic medical centers.
What are the types of specialists found at academic medical centers?
Academic medical centers offer a broad range of specialized services, from allergists to urologists. Some of the larger medical centers have entire hospitals or clinics focused on a particular medical service, such as cancer treatment, though specialties vary among the centers. Patients whose community hospital or local doctors do not have the facilities or expertise to address complex medical conditions can be referred by their primary care physician or local specialist to a major medical center (there are more than a dozen in the United States).
Do medical centers offer outpatient services?
Yes. In addition to their inpatient hospital services, medical centers can offer a wide variety of outpatient services, such as pain clinics, rehabilitation centers, surgery, imaging and laboratory, mental health treatment, and outpatient cancer treatment. Medical groups – doctors in private practice but affiliated with the medical center--will also have offices within the medical center.
What types of medical professionals usually staff a medical center?
Physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, residents, and attending physicians makeup the clinical staff of an academic medical center.