Friday, June 26, 2020

Now, cashless air ambulance service from Tier II cities to metros

A Mumbai-based air ambulance operator has launched a “cashless air ambulance” programme with the aim of making air ambulance services affordable to the common man for six life-threatening ailments that may require emergency medical evacuation.
 Air ambulance services were considered to be a costly affair availed only by a high income-group people. Factors such as the cost of hiring an aircraft, incidental bed-to-bed transfer charges and cost of deployment of medical crew members took the average cost of an air ambulance in the range of Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 18 lakh per patient transfer depending on the flying distance.
 Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, has now launched the cashless programme which provides a safety cover to six family members for an annual membership of Rs 5,900 including GST.
Activated 30 days after registration as a member, it allows one airlift completely cashless to the member’s family for six critical or lift-threatening medical emergencies which include cardiac arrests, neurological problems, and cases of more than 60 per cent burns, multiple organ failures multiple fractures in road accidents, and child birth complications.
 It will also grant a 50 per cent discount on normal air ambulance charges for patient transfers for non lifethreatening ailments like cancer treatment, or planned surgeries like knee replacement or kidney transplant. The discounts can be availed by members after 15 days of registration. This programme will be renewable every year and a member can access super-specialty hospitals, pharmacy outlets, diagnostics, health products etc. at discounted rates.
 25/06/20 Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror
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