The amount of elderly and disabled people is currently on the rise, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately not all are able to get proper care simply because they cannot physically get from their home to the doctor. They stay home either suffering in pain, or just continue to deteriorate. This is why non-emergency medical transportation is extremely necessary for absolutely everyone.

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When an emergency happens you call 911 and an ambulance is dispatched to your immediate location. They are only used in times of last-minute emergencies, but what about those who need to get to the hospital to simply make an appointment? That is why you call for a non-emergency medical transport.

Sometime the elderly patent has a specialist appointment that’s only available in another state. In these cases, companies like ACC Medlink are nationally trusted with long distance medical transportation services.

Depending on where you live, and the insurance you carry this could be a potentially free service for you or your loved ones. It was determined that when people miss their medical appointments due to lack of transportation it actually costs everyone else in the long run. It increases insurance costs by adding on more unnecessary appointments to your plan, which then increases the average amount of times insurance companies assume people need medical care, which then is passed on to every other consumer. If every day one person in every hospital misses their appointment (which is most likely the case) that is millions of time slots that people are charged for, and worse, that others could have used.

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In addition to that, if a patient needs an appointment, then clearly something is wrong and needs attention. By not showing up to a necessary appointment this could cause the problem to worsen. Which then requires more medical care for the patient, which once again increases costs to the consumer.

With this in mind politicians back in the 70s first proposed the idea of non-emergency medical transportation. It is much better when the patient heals, because then they have a better shot at once again becoming a productive member of society, or by simply providing a free, or cost-effective, method of transportation to those in need, we free up people who would normally be driving these patients to rejoin the workforce.

If you’re reading this, then you’re looking into this program because either you need help, or someone you love does. The good news is most major cities have this plan already in place and it’s helping millions across the country today. So contact your insurance provider today for help, but if your city doesn’t then write your congressman and get the ball rolling.