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3 Things To Check When Booking Non-Emergency Medical Transportation For Yourself

If you need access to long-distance non-emergency medical transportation services, here are three tips that will help you book the right type of medical transportation for your specific needs. Non-emergency medical transportation can come in handy if you need to be transported from a hospital to a long-term care center, taken to a doctor's appointment that is far from where you live, or if you suffer from health complications and need a safe transport to a family event.

#1 Inquire About Equipment Available

One of the first things that you should ask about is what type of equipment will be on the medical transport. For example, if you need access to a stretcher to transport you from the hospital to the long-term care center, you'll want to make sure that the transport service can provide this equipment. Or, if you are going to need access to a wheelchair or storage space for your own, you are going to want to make sure that they have a wheelchair available or room to store you own.

If you need access to any other specialty equipment, such as an oxygen tank on your ride, be sure to double-check that the service you are hiring has the specific equipment on board that you need to take care of your medical needs.

#2 EMT Certified Drivers

Second, if you have a health condition that requires you be close to medical help at all times, make sure that the service uses EMT certified drivers. This is also a good idea if you are really ill or frail. You want to make sure that if something happens to you while you are in the act of being transported, that the driver could pull over and offer you medical assistance on the spot. If you need medical monitoring while you are being transported, you are going to want to make sure that there is a driver and an EMT on board to attend to all of your medical needs. Be sure to find out if there will be someone beside the driver to provide you with the medical care and attention that you need during your transport.

#3 Verify Your Appointment

Finally, make sure that you verify the medical appointment that you are arranging transportation for. You don't want to go through all the effort of booking and arranging for medical transportation only to show up on the wrong day or time or not be able to get in and see the doctor and get the treatment that you thought you were going to get. Check on your appointment time and check and make sure that your transport is scheduled you to pick you up in enough time for you to get to where you need to go.