Access to medical care is not only about healthcare services and insurance coverage, but also about transportation. Research conducted by the American Hospital Association shows that 20 percent of overall health can be attributed to medical care, while social and economic factors—including access to transportation—account for 40 percent. For many people, especially the elderly, injured or disabled, lack of transportation suited to their needs is a huge barrier, limiting their access to the medical care they need. Many people are forced to rely on family, friends or community organizations in order to get to and from their important appointments, but when those options don’t exist or become limited, who can they turn to? This is where non emergency medical transportation comes into play.
What is Non Emergency Medical Transportation?
Non emergency medical transportation can be defined as a transportation service for individuals who are not in an emergency medical situation, but need more specialized assistance than a taxi service is able to provide. Non emergency medical transportation providers are equipped to transport riders with special needs or those using wheelchairs or stretchers. Non emergency medical transportation providers come in all sizes, ranging from a single owner-operator with just one van to a larger company with a whole fleet of vehicles.
Non emergency medical transportation is widely known to serve Medicaid beneficiaries, but other healthcare and private entities are starting to offer rides to improve patient access to care. 2019 is widely expected to be a pivotal year of growth for non emergency medical transportation as research has started to highlight the gap in transportation services and more and more healthcare organizations are focusing on addressing the issue. In other words, now is a good time to explore getting into the non emergency medical transportation business.
Non Emergency Medical Transportation Insurance Application
If you are thinking about getting into the non emergency medical transportation business, you will need to familiarize yourself with the legislation and insurance requirements in your state or municipality in order to ensure your compliance. Insurance is always important, but especially for non emergency medical transportation providers because of the higher stakes and risks involved. Like with any insurance, you’ll need to start with an application and the price you are quoted will depend on many factors such as your business’ location, year/make/model and condition of vehicle(s), number of vehicles and drivers, driving records, and more.
Non Emergency Medical Transportation Insurance in California, Oregon and Washington
OTTIS proudly offers competitive rates and exceptional client-focused solutions to meet all of your non emergency medical transportation insurance needs. We currently serve companies and drivers in California, Oregon and Washington.
Get an Insurance Quote from OTTIS
To get covered, or to explore your insurance options, request a free quote online today. You can also call us at (541) 223-5222 or email us at sales@OTTIServices.com for more information. Even if you already have insurance for your non emergency medical transportation business, talk to us to learn how we may be able to improve your coverage and lower your costs.