Medical transport is a rapidly evolving industry. With technology coming to the forefront of healthcare, we see an increase in the number of patients who may benefit from medical transport services. Some of these industries have sprung up as medical transport has become more accessible and affordable. One of the biggest considerations for choosing a company is location. If your living in a rural area that is without the support systems required to run a medical transport company, it might be beneficial to partner with another local firm that offers such services within their business model. Medical transport services can also help free up emergency room staff time by taking some patients back and forth from hospitals when they are not feeling well enough to go home or causing their own health issues if they are not able to get better on their own.
Medical transport services are vital to special needs patients that may require wheelchairs or stretchers to get where they need to go. It is also important to look into medical transport services for patients that have issues with their vision or hearing, as well as the elderly who need assistance with errands around their home.
It is important to keep in mind that when you choose a medical transport provider, it will be up to them which vendors they use for equipment and vehicles. Through careful research and consideration of all aspects of the industry including business practices, insurance coverage, staff education and accreditation standards; you can help reduce your risk from liability and exposure as a provider or an employer. There are many resources available online that can help you find reliable medical transport providers in your area.
To help you choose the right company for your needs, here are 4 easy to remember tips:
1. Ask for references (from previous clients) and ask for proof of insurance (policies, certificates, etc.). It is important to know that medical transport companies will not disclose their insurance information unless they are asked directly by a potential client.
2. Are the drivers properly trained? Make sure they have proper driving credentials and licenses, and understand the lingo.
3. What equipment is available? Check on the condition of the vehicles as well as the stretchers and wheelchairs that will be used for your transport.
4. A private medical transport service will generally cost less than an ambulance service, and may be more convenient for your personal/business needs.