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Old 06-03-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Medical Evacuation

We have made the leap to Full Time, and the first problem we ran across is the many "Medical Evacuation" plans offered by some of the clubs (GS, FMCA)
This is a great concern to my wife because I have a bad heart and am a cancer survivor, her fear is we will get out and have an emergency and no help around.
Has anyone had any dealings with these plans and which is best???
Is there a cost ?
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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We have been full timing for the last few years and have had one emergency room visit during that period.

After the emergency visit we thought and discussed the problems of being out somewhere and having a real long term issue, and we decided that if we were involved again we wouldn't worry about where we were because if one of us were sick enough to be in the hospital, we would not be well enough to worry about where we are. Wherever we are that will be home until we are well enough to travel or die. So we don't worry about evacuation insurance.

The only thing that might change that is if we were to travel deep into Canada or Mexico. We would have to carry some kind of coverage to return us to the US.

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Old 06-03-2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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I belong to MASA (Medical Air Services Assn or some such)

First: i can call them from the hospital, (NOT the scene) they will pick up what Blue Cross does not pay of the ambulance (initial evacuation) bill.

Then the will pay to take me to an airport and fly me to hospital of my choice.

And they will hire a porter to port my RV as well.

At the time I bought this service it was a one time payment (not cheap but worth it).

Alas, don't know how they bill today. Web site suggests the one time payment option may be no more.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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These plans have many loop-holes in which they make every effort not to provide service, and I have personal experience with this.

To make a long story short, the premier emergency evacuation service Med Jet was the primary choice for world wide travelers.

I was in Zimbabwe where a rather well known Doctor from New York experienced a lacerated cornea due to a shooting accident. It was an absolute mess and he was destined to lose his sight if it was not repaired within 48 hours.

I used my Satellite phone to call Med Jet, and due to the fact that it was not "Life Threatening", they refused to assist him.

Needless to say I was totally disgusted.

So there by the shores of the Zambezi river, I attempted to stitch his cornea by firelight.

I then called for a bush plane to fly into the dirt strip to get him home.

Purchase a plan if it makes you feel better, but do not count on them actually providing you with anything.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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One of the big perks of FMCA is their medical evacuation program and emergency driver setup.
The evacuation program is part of the FMCA membership and all you pay is the yearly dues, well worth the cost of the membership.
The emergency driver program is all volunteer, all you pay is the fuel and other actual costs.
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