Friday, 23 August 2019

The Many Benefits of NEMT

Well qualified doctors, attentive support staff and the very best of medical services around you, but alas just out of your reach due to transportation barriers. This is the core issue that Non - Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) addresses. According to the AHA, 3.6 million people miss out on medical care because they do not have proper transportation means. Children not accessing healthcare due to transport issues constitutes 4% of the 3.6 million.  This is where NEMT comes into the picture. When a person is unable to meet his/her medical appointment, it affects the patient as well as the hospital which loses its revenue. Consequently, the patient’s health deteriorates and the final cost of treatment would be much higher than what it would have been if the appointment had been kept. Thus NEMT meets the needs of the elderly, the needs of children, those suffering from chronic illness and the physically and mentally disabled as well.


  •  Servicing the Elderly:
Senior citizens need regular access to healthcare. While children and friends might be around to help, the elderly when given a choice might prefer handling things on their own. NEMT does just that by taking care of the elderly citizens’ transportation needs thus giving them a feeling of independence. NEMT scores over regular cab service as it ensures the comfort of the elderly people by providing more legroom in the vehicles as well as trained staff for assistance.
  • Meeting Children’s Needs:
Children are as dependent on their parents as the elderly are on their children for keeping up medical appointments. Especially for children born with congenital diseases as well as those suffering from long term diseases, access to healthcare is vital. Parents of children afflicted with such diseases would indeed like a back up if due to some unforeseeable circumstance they are unable to keep their child’s medical appointment. NEMT offers this backup and ensures safe transport of the child to and from the medical service.
  • Servicing Patients with Chronic Illness:
Patients suffering from kidney problems need dialysis at least once a week. In the same way, 
diabetic wound cleaning also requires regular healthcare access. These patients cannot drive themselves and public transport too would not be feasible. NEMT aids these patients by helping them keep up their medical appointments. 
  • Making Life Easier for the Physically and Mentally Challenged:
For the physically and mentally challenged it is just not possible to drive their own vehicle, yet they need continuous healthcare access. Their requirements are met by NEMT which while ensuring their comfort also meets other needs like wheelchair compatibility and trained personnel who know how to handle patients with these disabilities.

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