It normally makes both practical and economic sense to transport a patient via ground ambulance for transports within 200 miles.
Helicopter Air Ambulance
A helicopter Air Ambulance is generally used if an emergency transport is needed, especially from hospital to hospital within a range of about 200 miles.
Airplane (Fixed Wing) Air Ambulance
Non emergency transports more than 200 miles are usually most effective in a airplane air ambulance. Emergency air transports that are more than 300 miles are usually most effective in airplane air ambulance.
Primary health insurance providers usually only pay to transport a patient to the closest hospital or medical facility. If you are over seas and need to get home, most likely your normal insurance provider won’t cover it.
There are insurances that are specific to air ambulance coverage. Here are links to a few of them:
Air Ambulance Card -Prepaid medical transportation
Isis – Insurance company offering air ambulance program
Medex – Insurance company with air ambulance coverage
MASA – Mexico Insurance Professionals
Yes, an air ambulance chartered on your behalf can transport patients who need non-critical care, are bedridden, or fragile. Many patients take a private air ambulance just because they cannot situp or have injuries that make them fragile, uncomfortable and not suited for normal commercial aircaraft transport.
Aircraft may be equipped with a combination of an Intensive Care Unit and a Coronary Care Unit based on patient needs.
Emergency medical aircraft should also have a specially FAA approved stretcher that looks similar to a bed that allows fragile patients to travel in comfort whil minimizing movement.
A specialized, highly technical level of health care that includes diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability in sophisticated, large research and teaching hospitals serving a large geographic region. Specialized intensive care units, advanced diagnostic support services, and highly specialized personnel/specialist physicians for cardiac, medical, trauma, neurological, pediatric, and neonate/infant care, are characteristic of tertiary health care.
A medical caregiver with ALS (advanced life support) level training.
The rate and extent of disease.
Medical care provided en-route between two medical facilities, usually between a local community hospital and a regional trauma center or other specialty center.
Helicopter air ambulance providing emergency medical services.
A medical caregiver with BLS level training.
An arrangement of medical, public health, and public safety resources to prevent occurrences of emergency illness and injury and to mitigate the impact of such occurrences which can’t be prevented. May be local, regional, state, or national.