Air ambulance services play a vital role in transporting organs for transplants around the world. For countries like the United States and the United Kingdom where air ambulance services are well-evolved, the problem of transport hardly is an issue. However, the same cannot be said about other countries like Brazil and India where the concept of medical flights is still new. Many times, even when a donor consents, logistics prove to be a hurdle to get the organs to the recipients on time. What is lacking is a robust infrastructure to make the transport possible and in time.
Air Ambulance Services Can Solve the Logistical Problem
For countries like India, there is no lack of appropriate medical facilities and expertise to conduct organ transplants. In order to make air ambulance services readily available, different logistical approaches are now being considered. One among them is keeping medical flights on standby specifically for organ transplants. The idea is to keep air ambulance services handy to address this issue. All the metropolitan cities in the country have good air connectivity. The government and private players can come together to overcome the logistical issue and make organ transportation a seamless exercise.
The Role of the Government
Almost all airports are owned by the government in most countries. The government can therefore waive off charges that are involved in upkeep and parking of air ambulances. This leaves only the costs associated with fuel and flying, which can be covered through private payers or charitable endeavors. Of course, corporate organizations too can play a vital role in bringing funds for this cause. Ultimately, the transplant costs can be covered by federal or private health insurance. If a strong ecosystem like this can be developed, it will surely save the lives of thousands. It is something that demands serious consideration today.