As the Coronavirus engulfs the world in its tight grip, some industries have refused to bow down to it, and the air ambulance industry is one among them. When you look at the global scenario, the industry is surging ahead, serving the needy and making the services more affordable. Here are a few news developments from around the world.
India Starts Cashless Air Ambulance Services
The second most populous country in the world, India, has started a cashless air ambulance service for tier-II cities. The medical flight service is being offered by a private organization with affiliations to insurance and healthcare institutions. Subscribers to their services are expected to pay under USD 100 for membership. In a country where the air ambulance industry is still in its infancy, this is a significant development.
Air Methods and Presbyterian Health Plan Ink an Agreement
Air Methods is one of the largest air ambulance services providers in the United States and often makes headlines for its balance billing practices. The medical flight company is now in the news for an entirely different reason. Its agreement Presbyterian Health Plan will enable people to avail of their services at negotiated rates in New Mexico. According to the company, the development will benefit over 80% of the residents there. It also claimed that it is now in-network with 50-plus commercial health plans.
Germany Uses Biowarfare Kits in Air Ambulance Flights
In its fight with the invisible enemy, the Coronavirus, Germany which has managed to contain the disease quite well, is now making use of biowarfare kits in its air ambulance flights. These kits are being employed to transport patients who are critically ill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the kit isolates the air ambulance from the infection, disinfecting the aircraft becomes easier, quicker, and more effective.