Disadvantages Of Using A Broker To Secure Air Ambulance Transportation

If you or someone you love are in need of transportation via air ambulance, you may be confused about where to look to locate such a service. Frequently, patients and families will turn to a broker in order to secure air ambulance services. The use of a broker can help you to locate air ambulance services to meet the needs of the patient, but this is not always the best plan of action.

Using a broker to secure air ambulance travel for a patient can have many disadvantages. It can be wise to take the time to search for air ambulance service on your own whenever possible.

Since the broker is a middle man, he does not own the aircraft, fly the air ambulance, or staff the flight. The broker merely finds an appropriate air ambulance service at the lowest price available. Although this may sound like a great opportunity, it really is not a beneficial situation.

After the broker locates air ambulance transportation, he adds his fee to the final cost.

Using a broker does not ensure a higher level of quality for the patient. In fact, they have no system to analyze quality control for patient care. Dealing directly with the air ambulance service company, the patient can receive the best rate for the service.

Going through a broker to locate air ambulance services will tie your hands and leave the patient unable to deal directly with the service provider. On the other hand, patients who forego the broker can contact the air ambulance service provider directly. This allows the opportunity to discuss any personal questions or concerns. During this stressful time, patients and their families need reassurance. Direct contact between you and the air ambulance company can be very comforting and provide much needed peace of mind about the quality service and medical treatment the patient will receive.

Using a broker to secure adequate air ambulance transportation services is much like using a broker to locate the perfect child care provider for your children. Regardless of the excellent reputation of the service provider, it is important and crucial to have trust and confidence in the service provider for the best results. Yes, the broker will find appropriate services, but will everyone feel confident about the broker’s decision? Making the decision for the best air ambulance service provider through your own resources will add a sense of comfort and assurance.

If the circumstances arise that you or a family member require the services of transportation by air ambulance, you may want to skip the services from a broker and do the legwork yourself. There are several advantages to locating the air ambulance service on your own. Without the use of a broker, direct contact between you and the service provider is useful to answer any questions that may arise.

A sense of confidence arises with the patient and the family during this interaction. Also, dealing directly with the air ambulance service provider can create an opportunity to receive the highest quality service at a great value. Going through a broker merely marks up the cost of such services.

2 Responses to “Disadvantages Of Using A Broker To Secure Air Ambulance Transportation”

  1. kmitch99 says:

    I am afraid I will need to disagree with your analysis. Using a broker offers many advantages to family members. A Broker will assess the unique needs of the patient and family in order to determine the most appropriate level of services needed. The ability to determine the closest qualified aircraft to do the transport most often saves thousands of dollars in the cost of the transport. Using a Broker also promotes a competitive biding process between the flight services, Brokers are often quoted much lower prices than a single family. A Broker will know the true reputation and quality of the services provided by the flight service. A flight service is focused on one thing, keeping their plane in the air, a Broker is looking for quality of services, safety of the family and patient, and cost efficency.

  2. Air Ambulance Provider says:

    Respectfully, this commentary misses the mark by a great margin on several issues, and seems to be written from the perspective of an air ambulance operator that is not familiar with broker advantages. Having done both I must say that there are good and bad brokers, and there are good and bad providers. Fortunately, a reputable broker will know the best providers and steer families away from those of questionable quality. There is NO universal regulatory standard for air ambulance, and in many states, does not even require an air ambulance license. Yes brokers often have the best pricing because they are networking with MANY quality services and do not have to depend on just one to have a good price opportunity. Pricing is as much or more a matter of airplane at the right place at the right time, as any other factor. And obviously a single provider, most having a couple planes, may not be at that right place exactly when you need it. A good broker will spend time with the concerned family to discuss all of the considerations. And, if the medical services are being brokered, the providing company will be communicating with care givers and family. Brokers can recommend more than one service for the transport , depending on needs. A better analogy would be using a broker to find your best opportunity when buying a house or insurance. No on with good sense will walk in off the street and buy a complicated insurance plan without an agent or broker. And how foolish to try to scout the real estate market without an expert. This is s senseless blog of one ill informed person’s opinion. I know this,,, If I need a serious medical procedure, I am getting a recommendation of someone that knows all the doctors… Not take the word of the surgeon I find in the yellow pages.

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