Understanding All WHATs & HOWs of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

If you’re in need of non-emergency medical transportation, wheelchair transportation, or other accommodations, it’s important that you consider some different aspects that might not have crossed your mind.

Who needs transportation assistance?
Transportation assistance is often sought out by:
● Elderly
● The physically disabled
● Vision impaired individuals

Anyone who does not have a valid driver’s license, doesn’t have a working vehicle, is unable to travel or attend services on their own, or has some other limitation will need assistance in getting to their medical appointments.

This person may not have a friend or family member available who can take them to this appointment, or they may need someone who can wait for them at their appointment and assist them in getting the services they need. Additionally, most medical transport services are able to accommodate wheelchairs, while many families are not.

What is included?

Medical transportation helps these people get to their appointments on time. Medical transportation services sometimes also assist with:
● Wheelchairs and other equipment
● Staying with the client during services
● Helping the client answer questions

Certain service providers have a staff member who can wait with the client before their appointment. In the case of a vision or mentally impaired individual, they can also help them read applications and fill them out accordingly. A physically impaired person may require assistance writing their answers or getting into their appointment. In many cases, the transportation services will assist the person with these tasks as well.

How much does Non Emergency Medical Transportation cost?

The pricing for (NEMT) varies depending on the distance travelled, length of the appointment, and what all other things the client will need help with. Some companies charge a bit more for a staff member to wait with the client, and those that offer help with answering questions and filling out applications may also charge more. These services are often called accompaniment based non-emergency transportation services.

Generally, transportation services can be factored into a family’s budget, and many communities offer assistance to the elderly and impaired who need these services to get the medical help they need.

In most situations if person has no means of getting to their appointments on their own, they can gain some kind of state financial aid to help them afford a medical transportation service.

Things that would qualify them include:
● Not having the ability to drive/not having a license
● Not having a vehicle
● Not having anyone else to take them
● Being unable to attend the appointment on their own,
● Having a physical or mental impairment that prevents them from going on their own.

If you or a family member are unable to get to appointments on their own and could use a non-emergency transport service, you should consider shopping around. Chances are, there are many companies in your area that offer such a service, and many might also offer things like in-home assistance and other helpful services.

If you cannot afford to pay for this service on your own, and you require it, you should look into state and community assistance programs that can help you pay for transport and allow you to get the medical assistance you need.

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