Savvy Consumers Propel Medical Tourism

We can’t imagine a patient or their family scheduling long distance medical transportation with us and not knowing in advance the complete cost and what it includes. Well finally, patients are requiring the same transparency from their doctors and hospitals, and when they cannot get it, many choose to move on to places who will provide the information. Long gone are the days when patients would rely on Medicare and other third party payers, having no concern with what the charges were. With fewer and fewer services being covered, people are sliding over to the drivers seat and taking control of the wheel when it comes to their healthcare costs.

Consumer-driven healthcare is on the rise more than ever before. While most of the leading hospitals in the United States have been serving International patients for decades, domestic medical travel is booming. With the increase in healthcare costs, patients who are cost conscious are finding that there is a wide price disparity that they can take advantage of if they are willing to do the research, and pack their bags for travel. 
Even employers and insurers are jumping on the bandwagon. Some are entering into negotiated arrangements with well known facilities such as the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore giving their employees an option to travel outside of their home area for procedures and treatments at these world famous medical centers.

For the individual consumer, we are finding that many are electing to travel a great distance to specialty surgery centers and clinics to get comparable service and treatment, at a fraction of the cost. With so many medical services/procedures not being covered by Medicare and third party payers patients are looking for transparent information and reasonable rates before they pull out their checkbooks to pay a hospital or provider.

Managed Medical Transport has been a trailblazer in the medical tourism industry, helping to connect patients throughout the United States to their destinations of preference. Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients leave their communities to travel across the United States seeking excellence in specialty medical care. Sometimes, the reason for travel is to seek better medical options, and other times, it is to receive comparable care at a much reduced price. Specialty treatment centers as well as hospital systems that offer a broad range of care from cancer treatment to preventative specialties are booming across the country. These specialty centers are often the result of research, clinical care and academics coming together as one powerful solution worth traveling to. For those patients who are unable to utilize commercial transportation or ride in the family car to reach these facilities, we provide an easy accessible solution. Easy, because there is no precertification for our service. As long as the patients condition does not require medical care that is outside of the scope of what we provide, it’s as easy as picking up the phone and presenting us with the information that we need for transport. For cross country non-emergency patient transport using medically trained personnel, call us toll free, at 1-888-668-4911 or email us at admin@mmtamerica.com

How much advance notice do you need to make a transport happen?

We can usually make just about anything happen with 2 to 3 days notice. Sometimes, we are fully booked for more than a week though, our schedule and availability is constantly changing.

The best thing to do is to call us once you have a good idea of when you want the transport to happen. We will check our availability at that time and secure the date that you want if it is available.

Often, a facility may give you little notice when they are ready to discharge, leaving you scrambling for a quick solution. Always try us first, because we may have had a last minute cancellation or have a crew that will be dropping off close by that we can work in to their schedule.

What if my relative needs oxygen during the transport?

MMT is able to continue oxygen if the patient is already receiving it, or if they have orders to have it on standby (PRN). We are not able to initiate the use of oxygen without a doctors order however, since it is considered a prescription RX.