Medical transport services are an extremely important part of the healthcare system. Without effective medical transportation, patients could potentially die before they even get a chance to be treated. Also, disabled patients would have a difficult time making it to doctor’s appointments and other important places they need to go. There are different types of medical transportation, both of an emergency and non-emergency nature.
Ambulances are perhaps the most widely known form of medical transportation. When someone is gravely ill or severely injured, 911 dispatchers send an ambulance to the scene. Ambulances are equipped with lights and sirens to signal drivers to get out of the way of the ambulance. Ambulance drivers are also allowed to go through red lights and disobey other traffic laws to get the patient to the hospital as quickly as possible.
However, ambulances also offer more than a rapid transport to the hospital. Ambulances carry life support systems, IVs, and other important basic medical equipment. The staff aboard an ambulance are trained in basic emergency medical care. In the back of the ambulance, the ambulance staff (EMTs) ride with the patient. There are different levels of EMTs. The highest level of EMT, paramedics, are trained to do a variety of different life saving procedures.
Of course, there are some areas that ambulances would have a tough time getting to. If one is in an area that is not accessible to a road, an ambulance would not be able to reach you. Also, if you live in an area that is very far from a hospital, an ambulance may not be fast enough. In these cases, there is another form of long distance medical transportation services that can be used.
In addition to ambulances, there are helicopters that are used for medical transportation. Helicopters can access remote areas that ambulances cannot get to. They also are able to provide much more rapid transport to a hospital. Medical helicopters can have life support capacities, just as an ambulance can.
Medical insurance generally covers any kind of emergency transport to the hospital. This is a very good thing, because ambulance rides can be quite expensive. In fact, it is not uncommon for an ambulance ride to be over a thousand dollars. Being airlifted to the hospital is even more expensive. These types of transport can cost as much as 20 thousand dollars, or more. With health insurance, these charges are often greatly reduced to affordable levels.