Heard of Medical Repatriation?
If you haven’t already then this may be one of the most important videos you watch online this travel season, especially if you or someone you know has plans to go overseas. That’s because repatriation is the process of returning patients from abroad via air ambulance (Jet ICU) or Angel Flight after an injury, illness, or other medical emergency, and it happens more often than you’d think.
At Angel MedFlight we see a growing number of medical transports overseas during peak travel season, (spring through early fall). Unfortunately, no one plans for a critical injury or illness while traveling abroad, and getting patients back to their home following a crisis is more complicated than it sounds. Patients who have this experience abroad usually return to their nation of origin immediately to ensure they are receiving the best possible care from in-network providers before their condition worsens.
Angel MedFlight created this quick video guide on medical flight repatriation with our Chief Flight Coordinator so you’ll have a game plan in case of emergency. Here’s everything you need to know about repatriating patients to the care they need closer to home:
Leaving the Country?
When you’re traveling abroad to destinations like Mexico or the Caribbean, repatriation creates a unique set of challenges. These difficulties include everything from language barriers to insurance coverage and a higher cost of care further from home, (sometimes medical costs of $20K and upwards).
Some hospitals overseas require patient family members and friends to seek out the necessary prescriptions and pain management medications for their loved ones offsite by themselves. This leaves family members in unfamiliar cities where they’re already facing a problematic language barrier. Family members waiting at home are also in a tough situation and often times feel helpless. These critical injuries and illnesses abroad are traumatic not just for the patients, but for the people who care about them the most. For family members, spouses, and friends, these can be some of the most difficult days of their lives.
Angel MedFlight is here to help.
Wherever your patient is, Angel MedFlight is here to help them reach the life-changing care they need. We frequently repatriate patients back to the highest level of care covered under their insurance, (and their emotional support systems), back at home. Our team assists with translation services and other geographical complications to make the healthcare journey as simple as possible for you and to get your patient home sooner.