Pros and Cons of Long Distance Medical Transport

Every day, millions of patients and their families must arrange long-distance non-emergency medical transportation for their loved ones. One important decision they must make is whether to use an air ambulance or a ground ambulance to transport their loved one. To help you make an informed decision, we have provided some answers to common questions about non-emergency medical transport.

What is Non-Emergency Long Distance Medical Transport?

Non-emergency long distance medical transport involves moving a patient a long distance in comfort. This can be done by either ground or air ambulance.

Which is better: Ground or Air Ambulances?

There is an ongoing debate about whether ground or air ambulances are better for non-emergency transport. The decision ultimately depends on the individual making the arrangements. Here are some of the pros and cons of using an air ambulance:

  • Pros of air ambulances:
    • Patients can be transferred quickly.
    • More lives are saved by using air ambulances even in non-emergency situations.
  • Cons of air ambulances:

When do People Use Non-Emergency Medical Transport?

People use non-emergency medical transport for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Changing facilities
  • Moving while injured
  • Returning to the hospital at home after being hurt on vacation

It is considered long distance if the trip is over 200 miles.

What is the Cost of Air vs. Ground Transport?

The cost of long-distance medical transport is a significant factor to consider. Here are the average costs for air and ground transport:

  • Air ambulance: $20,000 to $90,000 per trip
  • Ground transport: $3,500 or more per trip, depending on the destination

Ultimately, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of both ground and air transport before making a decision that is best for your family’s needs.

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