There are hidden benefits of non-emergency medical transport services that many might not be aware of. To put simply, non-emergency medical transportation ensures that you can get to and from scheduled medical services. This can include dialysis treatment for kidney disease or simply picking up a prescription from a local store. Although, this may seem trivial to those who do not personally use the service, but to approximately 3.6 million Americans, there is a vital need for the service. Many low income Americans lack the income necessary to gain access to a working automobile or mode of transportation; and many lack public transit options to get to their medical appointments.
Non-medical transportation services allow healthcare to be more accessible to those who may not be able to afford their own personal means of transportation, and it also leads to extra dollars in their pockets. In addition, it is important to recognize that of the 3.6 million Americans that need this service, a good portion of them suffer from chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and they frequently need to use non-medical transportation services. This service is a vital healthcare force that not only enhances the medical outcomes of those that need it, but also allows healthcare to become more accessible to those who are out of transit options.
Long distance non-emergency medical transportation
Similarly, long distance non-emergency medical transportation services offered by ACC MedLink are best fitted for patients who require special medical attention while in transit from one location to another, but do not need immediate medical intervention, treatment, or rapid transport to an emergency medical facility.
This is likely to be a resident of a nursing home who has recently been released and needs non-medical transportation to get to a medical care specialist at a distant location. Modes of transportation may include, buses, motor homes, and vans. Transportation by air can be extremely expensive, and ground to ground ambulances can be equally pricey. Non-emergency long distance medical transportation services offer a more affordable alternative to those who are unable to afford the more costly alternatives of non-medical transportation.
Millions of elderly Americans often rely on this service, because it is not only cost effective, but can also provide the same quality of healthcare that fits the patient’s medical needs.
Short history of medical transports
Since the Dawn of time, there have been tragic circumstances which have warranted emergency medical treatments. Over many centuries we have come a long way in the way to which we get expedited medical care. The first record I have found of an ambulance being used was back in the middle to late 1400’s and my guess is that it was pulled by horses. It appears that this was in Spain and used for Queen Isabella and members of the Spanish army, whom were treated quite well. Since then medical transportation has come quite far.