Bermuda May Lose Advanced Air Ambulance Service: What Does That Mean for Patients?
I recently read a news story explaining how Bermuda may be in danger of losing its only on-island advanced air ambulance provider. The owners of the company, Bermuda Medivac, simply can't afford to operate the service, and unless they find a buyer, the air ambulance may stop operating completely.
It's always unfortunate to hear of an advanced air ambulance company that's struggling, since that means that there could be fewer options available to serve patients. Fortunately, even if Bermuda Medivac ceases operations, patients in Bermuda won't be without options for long distance medical transport. Air ambulance providers like MedFlight911 based in the U.S. and elsewhere will still be able to transport patients to and from the country to get the care they need.
The news of one international air ambulance company's struggles also reminds me how important it is to think about what you would do if you did need air medical transport while traveling abroad. If you're visiting another country, you can't just assume that there will be adequate medical services to treat you if you do have a medical situation, or that there will be an easy way for you to get home if there is an emergency. While it's unpleasant to think about, you do need to research what resources are available in the place you'll be visiting, and to make a plan for how you'll manage if you do need medical care while abroad.
In addition to researching standards of care in the country you'll be visiting, another step you can take is making a list of worldwide air ambulance providers before you leave. If you have an idea of who you'll call if there is an emergency, it will make dealing with a crisis that much easier. You should also review your insurance coverage to find out if air ambulance service is covered, or if you'll need to purchase supplemental coverage. (If you are interested in supplemental coverage, we recommend Medjet Assist.)
At MedFlight911 Air Ambulance, we're committed to providing long distance medical transport services to patients in need, wherever they are. Our team has extensive experience in dealing with international air ambulance transports, and we're wiling to do whatever it takes to get patients home safe so they can access the care they need.
To find out more about MedFlight911's worldwide air ambulance services give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation advanced air ambulance quote here.