Medjet Will Cover Transport for COVID-19 Patients in US, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean
By Harvey Chipkin
Medjet, the air medical transport and security response membership program for travelers, announced that beginning Oct. 19, members who fall ill from COVID-19 and become hospitalized while traveling in the contiguous US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, may now be transported to a home hospital of their choice. Medjet, like all other programs of its kind, had previously excluded active COVID infections from transport, and says it is the first to adjust its program to include it. Mike Hallman, CEO, said the company knows that COVID has become its members’ number one concern and wanted to address that situation. He said the company has been able to source more aircraft with isolation pods and crews with proper training. Medjet, he said, has worked through operational issues, clearances and ongoing restrictions relative to the 48 contiguous states, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. “We can now provide our members with the same hospital-to-hospital medical transport benefits that we've always provided, at the level of service our members have come to expect, to get them home safely should they fall ill with COVID-19,” said Hallman. Broader international transport for COVID-19 is not yet available, but all other hospitalization events for which Medjet transports remain covered. Despite the increased cost of providing transport for a COVID-19 positive member, Medjet will continue to absorb 100% of all costs associated with the transport.