Medical Transportation

There are many instances where people need transportation to a medical facility. It can be for non-emergency transport, such as an elderly person going to a doctor’s appointment. When medical emergencies arise, people need experienced paramedics and an ambulance to get them to a hospital quickly. If the emergency is severe, and a specialized hospital is needed, patients are often transported by medical helicopter. All of these needs are included in the medical transportation service and you can find more details regarding long distance medical ambulance transport cost.

Non-Emergency Transport

This service is for clients who able to drive themselves to a doctor’s appointment or to tend to other medical needs. Ambulance services will often do this for clients, especially if the person has to be taken by wheelchair or by a gurney. There will not be any emergency sirens or flashing lights. Many times, caregivers of chronically ill loved ones need a respite, and the patient needs to stay in a skilled nursing facility for a few days. Non-emergency transportation can take care of that. In many instances, the client is ambulatory and just may need a little assistance getting into the office. So, many medical transportation companies have a transport van for these purposes. Some companies do not have ambulances and only deal with non-emergency transport. Either way, most of these cases can be billed to a patient’s private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.

Ambulance Services

Ambulance motorcycleThe services that most people are familiar with when we discuss medical transportation in ambulance services. Some cities and counties levy taxpayers to provide a public ambulance station. Others are owned and run by hospitals or by private companies. Ambulance Services work in conjunction with police and firefighters to get to the scene of an emergency as quickly as possible.

These ambulances are staffed by licensed and experienced paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and first responders. They are the first to a patient to access the emergency and to perform what is medically necessary to stabilize the patient for a quick trip to the hospital. Even though they lack the staff and resources of an emergency room, the ambulance is equipped with basic instruments and supplies needed to help the patient on the trip. The ambulance staff radios into the hospital and gives them complete details of the situation and the patient’s vital statistics. When they wheel the patient into the doors, a team of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel is waiting to tend to the emergency. Most ambulance transportation services work with local 9-1-1 services and are available around the clock.