Disabled individuals have difficulties with getting to their doctor’s appointments. Such people may not be able to drive a vehicle. Additionally, using public transportation is sometimes out of the question for disabled and elderly people. Fortunately, there are medical transportation services that are dedicated to providing rides between clients’ homes and doctor’s offices. In the United States, medical transportation may be covered under insurance plans such as medicare and medicaid. Additionally, private insurance policies may partially cover the costs of medical transport.
People are encouraged to use medical transportation services for all types of appointments related to treatment and diagnosis of health problems. It would be improper to use such services as a private taxi or shuttle for getting around town. Handicap accessibility is a key feature of any vehicle used for medical transportation. For example, wheelchair bound people can be lifted to the rear or side of a passenger van that’s used for medical transportation. Additionally, walkers can be folded and put away into the back of a van full of passengers on the way to a doctor’s appointment. Drivers are obligated to help all clients that have physical disabilities. For example, elderly passengers should be carefully led in and out of vans. Similarly, a single mother with a stroller should be helped by a driver of a van used for medical transit services.
Individuals who qualify for medicare and medicaid can check out lists of local companies providing medical transportation services to clinics, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.