Gone are the days when a traveler used to face a medical emergency alone. The modern day travel medical assistance providers can take care of any situation on his behalf.
Before you actually start your journey, be sure to keep the details of a travel medical assistance provider handy with you. When you need help, just give them a call and they should be at your side in not time. A good service provider will always be available 24/7 and will also have teams ready on standby, in case they need to be dispatched. A good, reputed medical services provider will take over the stress from the traveler and his family, and practically handle every detail for them. The traveler should ensure that he has the right medical coverage, which has all costs covered, before he embarks on any journey.
Have a look at some services that a good travel medical assistance provider should offer –
1. Referrals for the Patient
A good assistance provider will have tie ups with reputed medical facilities and be able to refer the patient to the best suited option. They also provide him with all the contact details of the facility, the name of the doctor to get in touch with and also guide them about their timings. Essentially, the service provider should also follow up with the patient on the response he got and whether he was satisfied with the referral or not.
2. In-House Consultation with a Doctor
The travel medical assistance provider should also be able to arrange a consultation with a reputed doctor, in the hotel or at the location that the traveler prefers. However, this service is subject to the condition of the patient and the availability of the physician.
3. Arrange Emergency Medical Transportation
If the present location of the patient has medical facilities that are not up to the mark, to handle his condition, the service provider should be able to make arrangements to shift him. They should be fully equipped for the scenario of an emergency evacuation if required. Once the patient has finished his treatment, he should be given sound advice on how to travel back home and whether there is any need for a medical escort.
4. Medical Payments in an Emergency
An efficient service provider can make arrangements for distribution of money to various providers. They can coordinate with the bank of the patient with his approval, and arrange for advance funding.
5. Travel Arrangements to Return Home
Once the patient is ready to go home, the travel medical assistance provider can make arrangements for him to return safely. The plans will be made keeping in mind the medical assistance that the patient may require during the travel period, the ground transport needs and will also consider the need to assign a medical escort or not.
6. Bedside Visitors
For patients who are travelling alone and have no family support, a travel medical assistance provider is a boon. If the patient happens to be hospitalized for more than a week, arrangements can be made to call in a family member or a friend to be on his bedside.
Dr. Evans practices emergency medicine in Virginia and Maryland. He is the managing director of Sentinel MED. He oversees a team of medical escorts that is selected for their experience and knowledge of international medicine and that deploy globally. He has worked for a large global assistance company for the last decade, providing both direction for the medical cases and being the medical escorts for our patients who are ill or injured while away from home.