EA plus helps ill woman get home from Mexico

As Americans travel abroad in record numbers, some companies are offering “medical repatriation” services to bring sick travelers home safely and more affordably. But many people are surprised at how costly a medical emergency can be, especially out of the country. That's why programs such as AOPA Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) are so vitally important.

Recently, EA+ was notified that a woman was hospitalized in Mexico for gastrointestinal bleeding. As this was a very serious diagnosis and one that the attending physicians were not qualified to handle, EA+'s assistance coordinators and the EA+ medical director began working with the hospital to gather all of the necessary medical information for the member. The assistance coordinators began planning an air ambulance to transfer her to a more appropriate facility for immediate treatment of her condition.

EA+ transferred the patient to California via air ambulance just 10 hours after her initial hospitalization. The patient was treated for her illness and EA+ flew the patient and her husband home to Arizona. The covered cost for this was $14,508, and the cost of an EA+ individual plan starts at as little as $89 a year. For more information on how you can join AOPA EA+ visit us online.