Monday, April 20, 2020

Fear of Super-Rich Faking Medical Flights Spurs India Ban

India is banning medical evacuation flights on concern the super-rich may falsely claim they need treatment so they can jet around the nation during lockdown, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Air ambulances and other medical evacuations are no longer allowed unless treatment can’t be provided at the point of origin, and even then permission to fly is needed from local authorities, the federal aviation ministry and the aviation regulator, the people said, asking not to be named as the decision isn’t public. The move aims to prevent the misuse of medical flights and ensure enough aircraft are available for emergencies.
The government has already indefinitely banned all domestic and international commercial flights, and asked airlines not to take bookings. India’s health-care infrastructure is widely criticized as inadequate and treatment often isn’t reliable even if local doctors are qualified to attend to patients. That’s driven demand for air ambulances among the more affluent. Authorities will allow medical.
20/04/20 Bloomberg|Quint
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