Reliance on Non-Emergent Ambulance Services

While more and more people are relying heavily on non-emergent ambulance services, more and more privately owned ambulance companies are showing up on the scene. Many of these companies specialize in providing ambulances and medically equipped vehicles for all types of situations and scenarios, and are often available on contract for sporting events and large gatherings.

Ambulances are standard in how they come and there are usually little to no modifications that need to be made to them. The only thing that is added is the company’s logo or graphics and a change of paint if necessary. On the other hand, non-emergent ambulance services vehicles often need quite a bit done to them before they are ready to hit the road.

Modifications to Non-Emergent Ambulance Services Vehicles

While ambulances come ready-made, others have to be modified to turn into vehicles to transport patients during non-urgent situations. Minivans and SUVs are sent to a shop with just basic features installed. They will then be fitted with such things as wheelchair lifts and locks, CB radios, and other medical equipment. This may or may not include IV hooks, oxygen equipment, and a defibrillator. Some vehicles may have more equipment than others, depending on what the budget is and what the vehicle is that is being modified.

It is not unusual for one ambulance company to have multiple units available at any given time. This includes emergency and other vehicles that they have in their fleet. Some of the SUVs may have more features and specialty equipment than others. This allows the companies to send out the best equipped vehicle for each call, and guarantees that whatever the scenario is they will be medically equipped to handle the situation.

Non-Emergent Events

The majority of the calls that are received for non-urgent events usually entail transporting patients from one medical facility to another, or for helping elderly patients get to and from medical appointments. There are also times that people who do not have access to a modified vehicle and need one for transport that these will be sent to them. Other non-emergent situations would include transportation of a patient to dialysis treatments or pickup of a patient from the hospital to be taken to home or hospice.

Most major insurance companies, and some smaller ones, are currently covering most of the cost of using non-emergency transportation. It is not uncommon to find that they will only cover so many trips each month, or even each year. After this number is met, it is up to the patient to either find some other kind of transportation, or pay out of pocket for using the service. The price per trip generally depends on how far of a distance it is and what services are used during the trip. You would most likely end up getting charge a flat rate plus so many cents a mile that you travel. Fuel charges may also be included, depending on the companies or non-emergent ambulance services that you use.