Marlene Relvas, On Time EMT Recruiter
Moving to a new location? Traveling to a medical facility far away? Visiting family in another state? Enjoying a vacation?
Consider long distance medical transportation.
Everyone from individuals with advanced health issues to highly independent people who require some medical supervision during the trip can benefit from this service.
Millions of Americans miss important medical appointments each year for lack of reliable transportation. So Rideshare giants Uber and Lyft are getting into medical transportation through various partnerships. But there may be bumps in the road ahead.
First, the potential benefits:
My first day of work at On Time began with John asking me to do him a favor by completing a trip into NYC. No other drivers were available that day.
The trip was for a 22-year-old man who had injured himself falling off of a roof. He needed to go into the city to see a hand surgeon. I was running late, and wasn’t able to stop at the bank to make a deposit before leaving to get the car.
The information below comes directly from Medicare Coverage of Ambulance Services, a free resource made available by Medicare.gov. Some emphasis has been added for clarity purposes.
Have questions about your specific Medicare transportation coverage situation in New Jersey? Contact us online or give us a call at
(908) 298 9500.
The following information applies to all people with Traditional Medicare.
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) or another Medicare health plan, you have the same basic benefits, but the coverage can vary by plan.
Do you have an elderly, wheelchair-bound, or temporarily mobility-challenged relative who needs help getting to and from the airport? Are you unable to take them in your own car and worried that a standard taxi driver won’t have the necessary patience and training to accommodate their specific needs? Wheelchair van and medical car services might be the solution you’ve been seeking.
Taxis or public transportation are often not viable options for people who have recently undergone medical procedures or who are disabled. Non-emergency medical transportation is always an option for those in need. It’s also not just for the elderly. Clients of all ages utilize the service for a number of reasons.