When you picture ambulatory services, you likely imagine an ambulance racing at high speeds through city streets with their lights and sirens on as they work to provide emergency medical care for someone. Emergency medical transportation may get most of the attention, but many ambulance services like Gold Cross also offer non-emergency medical transportation to assist in a number of non-life threatening situations.
In today’s blog, we look at some of the most common reasons why people call to schedule a non-emergency medical transport, and how you can schedule a ride if you or someone you love would benefit from a professional medical transport.
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
There are a number of reasons why someone may want to have a care team assist with their transportation. We’ve helped countless patients for a variety of reasons, but some of the most common reasons that people book non-emergency medical transportation include:
Unable To Drive – Because of their age, their injuries or their lack of a valid driver’s license, some patients may not be able to safely get from their home or from a care facility to the doctor’s office for an appointment or a follow up. In these situations, they can book non-emergency medical transportation to ensure they can safely get to and from their medical appointment.
Rides To And From Dialysis – Patients who are undergoing regular dialysis may have difficulty getting to or from dialysis appointments. If it has been recommended that they do not drive before or after their appointment, they can book non-emergency medical transport to get them to and from their dialysis appointment.
Wheelchair Assistance – It’s also possible that you require a specialized medical vehicle to do some physical limitations or impairments. Medical transportation can assist when standard vehicles can’t accommodate to your needs.
Hospital/Psychiatric Discharges – If you have been admitted to a patient care center, a non-emergency medical transport can be arraigned to get you home or to a long-term care facility upon your discharge.
Interfacility Transfers – Non-emergency medical transportation is also common if you need to be taken to another medical facility because the current facility is not equipped to provide you with the right level of care.
While emergency medical transportation can cost hundreds of dollars or more, non-emergency medical transportation is likely much more affordable than you realize. So if you have an elderly parent that needs help getting to and from their appointments and you can’t always take time off to help, or you need specialized medical transportation, consider reaching out to the team at Gold Cross Ambulance Services. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and help you understand if scheduling non-emergency medical transportation is right for your situation.
For more information, or to talk to someone about your non-emergency medical transport options, give our team a call today at (920) 727-3020.