Air Ambulance Worldwide meets with government
Air Ambulance Worldwide Inc., a medical air service provider, is interested in offering its services to The Bahamas in light of the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI). Company President Mark Jones said that the cost of doing business on a frequent basis would not be significantly expensive in The Bahamas.
“There are places in the world that are much more expensive than The Bahamas,” he said.
On Tuesday, Jones met with Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis and Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville to have an introductory meeting and to start a discussion about the company’s objectives.
“[Halkitis] wants me to provide him with a package of information and so forth. We had a good meeting. We took it from a cold meeting where no one really knew each other, and we really had a good chance to [get to] know each other,” said Jones.
Jones told Guardian Business that the company is interested in offering its services at a discount to the government.
“One of the things we are looking to do in The Bahamas is to work with the government, and as they are developing [NHI], we want to be able to support that,” Jones said.
On average, Air Ambulance’s medical services cost from $12,500 to $13,500 with transport and medical crew charges included.
“If the Bahamian patients need treatment that can’t be done here (in The Bahamas), we are hoping to be a part of that team that takes them back to the South Florida area. There, they can get treatment and so forth,” Jones said.
The company has been in business for 13 and a half years, and has a 100 percent accident-free record. Air Ambulance operates 24/7 and can transport medical patients anywhere in the world.
The company’s website states: “We offer a wide range of medical flight services, from our medical bed-to-bed private air ambulance service for patients with the most urgent medical needs, to our non-emergency medical escort service, in which one of our highly trained staff members accompanies a patient on a commercial flight.”
The company’s headquarters is in Palm Harbor, Florida. According to Jones, the short distance between The Bahamas and Florida would benefit the company and assist in controlling costs.