Imagine, if you will, the following scenario. You are busy at work and receive an urgent phone call. Your aged parent needs to be transported to an important medical appointment. It totally slipped your mind with everything going on. Your spouse has the wheel chair friendly van and you are must attend an important meeting. What would you do? What can you do?
The answer is that you can use a non-emergency medical transport or NEMT. According to a 2015 National Conference of State Legislatures report, about 3.6 million Americans will “miss or delay medical care because they lack appropriate transportation to their appointments”. Non-emergency medical transports are for individuals, usually the elderly or disabled, who need transportation and additional assistance outside what a normal taxi could provide. This critical service helps assist those who are unable to provide their own transportation because of age, disability and low income.
Non-emergency medical transports are an excellent solution for those suffering from chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and obstructive pulmonary diseases. Patients suffering from chronic kidney diseases, who need dialysis three times a week, need guaranteed transportation and availability for this life threatening condition. However, most patients use this to receive regular and standard treatment. Regardless of the need, NEMT’s offer an efficient and accessible solution.
Non-emergency medical transports is covered by Medicaid, the federal social health care program for those with limited income and resources. This program, which is run jointly by the federal and state governments, offers qualifying individuals free or low-cost health coverage. Those who typically quality are low-income people, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities. These vulnerable groups are the ones who need non-emergency medical transports the most.
If the patients’ medical needs are beyond what a basic non-emergency medical transports offers, then ambulance services are needed. Ambulance services transport patients who need urgent medical care. They could be injured, in shock, unconscious or seriously ill. They could also need skilled and professional medical treatment during the transportation.
Most people don’t know that ambulance services also transport patients between healthcare facilities or do state to state transport. For example, a patient in critical condition could be moved from an urgent care clinic to a large hospital. It is not possible to use a non-emergency medical transport in this situation because any other transportation could pose a danger to the patients’ health. The direct benefit is that there is trained medical staff present during the transport, which ensures the patient remains stable and comfortable. Or, if the destination is over 200 miles, there are services like ACC Medlink that has luxurious shuttles, that are like a hospital on wheels. ACC Medlink is the leader in Long Distance Medical Transportation