01 Apr Medical Evacuations – What You Need To Know
Medical Evacuations: What You Need to Know
Emergency Medical Evacuations can often mean the difference between life and death. You may be thinking that it really is a one in a million chance that you would need one, but the risk is there. According to International Travel News, one passenger in every 4000 trips requires an emergency medical evacuation.
People are often not covered for this type of assistance and think that their general travel insurance policy will cover them. More often that not, this is not the case. According to Dan Richards, CEO and founder of Global Rescue, “Travel insurance protects travellers from financial loss caused by cancelled trips, loss of baggage… Medical evacuation is a service used to deliver a traveler to life-saving care.”
Another misconception is a false sense of protection under a general health insurance policy. Your health insurance may cover the hospital bill of your heart attack or stroke while abroad, but it will most likely not cover your medical evacuation to your home or to a suitable treatment facility.
Medical evacuations are also not exclusively for those who travel abroad but apply to those who face local injury as well.
Ensuring that you are covered both locally and internationally by your health and insurance policy is vital in your protection. It is important to never just assume you are covered, with an average cost of over R750 000 for just the medical evacuation alone, it is not something that can be taken lightly.
Common Situations and Important Factors
In statistics provided by The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), an estimated total of 150 000 emergency medical evacuations are performed each year.
In 2015 during the Ebola outbreak, over 40 medical evacuations were carried out by Phoenix Air; transporting patients from areas such as Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America. Only two patients unfortunately passed away.
Although this situation represents a more extreme case, it stands as a strong demonstration of the capabilities of medical evacuations. It also stands testament to the importance of a timeous response.
Indiza Charters is equipped to handle medical evacuations and relieve you of any worry during this difficult time.
2017 has only just begun and already we have made 4 emergency medical evacuations. Our reputation of being highly trained in any situation has certainly made its way to areas such as Maputo, Tete and Nampula as we were requested by name.
One of the incidents we would like to highlight involved a male in Tete, Mozambique. The man was described to us as having Hepatitis and experiencing seizures. However, upon arrival he was diagnosed with Cerebral Malaria. Fortunately, due to the extensive training of our service providers we were able to assist him. We would like to stress the importance of ensuring your diagnosis is correct so that we can assist you correctly from the time of arrival.
We believe in putting our passengers first, no matter the situation. Call us today to find out more about our private and commercial charters.