Florida Air Ambulance

Air Ambulance To And From Florida   

Each year, thousands of Florida’s visitors and citizens require medical transports to and from Florida.  110 million tourists travel to Florida every year, more than any other state.  An additional million medical tourists visit the state.  Additionally, Florida has over 4 million retiree citizens.  For these reasons, Florida has the more Air Ambulance flights than any other state.

For 30 years, Global Air Ambulance has served Florida patients from our Florida base.  200,000 safe patient transfers later, Global Air Ambulance uniquely qualified to assist your patient transfer from Florida to any other worldwide location.  We are experts in the Florida Air Ambulance market, which means your trip will be timely and competitively priced.

Global Air Ambulance has the Florida based staff and capabilities to provide you multiple patient transport services including air ambulance, airline medical escorts, and long-distance ground transports.  Call 800-948-1220 and one of our case managers will discuss patient transport options that meet your medical, timing, and financial needs.

Why Choose Global Air Ambulance for Your Florida Air Ambulance Trip?

Florida Experience

Global Air Ambulance has been based in Florida for 30 years.  We know the Florida market as well as the Caribbean, and South and Central America. Our team’s experience means that our interactions with Florida hospitals, airports, ground ambulances, and international airports will translate to  a safe, stress free, trouble free patient transport for your family.

Always Ready 

Our team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to meet your urgent needs for a Florida transport. We are well positioned to quickly respond to cruise ship ports, Caribbean, and South and Central America.  

Wide Range of Services

Global Air Ambulance transports all types of patients from critical care, to elderly, neonate, pediatric, Alzheimer’s and psychiatric patients.  We travel both domestically and worldwide.  We provide multiple types of patient transports including Air Ambulance, Medical Airline Escorts, Airline Stretcher transports and Long-distance ground transports.  We utilize both long and short range aircraft as well as non-medical ground transports and ambulances.

This range capabilities and services allows Global Air Ambulance to offer you multiple services to meet your patient’s medical, timing and financial needs. Whatever your patient transport needs are, Global Air Ambulance has the capabilities to safely and quickly transport your patient to and from Florida to worldwide destinations.  Please call us at 800-948-1220 to discuss options.

Reasons Patients Use Florida Air Ambulances To Travel From Florida

Disney World

Medical Relocation, Medical Repatriation, and Medical Evacuation from Florida to Home

 Of 110 million visitors that visit Florida every year, 5 million seek medical treatment while in Florida and a million require hospitalization.  Rather than being operated on and recovering in Florida, many patients choose to be transported by air ambulance from Florida to a hospital near their home

Within 24 hours, Global Air Ambulance can transport you from any hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation facility, hotel or residence in Florida to any facility or residence in your home state or country.  In urgent situations, we are sometimes able to provide same day service.

Air Ambulance from Florida to In-Network Medical Insurance Coverage Area

insurance network, their insurance may pay only a portion of the hospital bill or may not pay at all.  Hospital bills can very quickly exceed the cost of transporting the patient to an in-network facility.  

Global Air Ambulance can fly the patient to an in-network hospital within 24 hours of your call and stop the bills.  If you find yourself in this situation, please call us at 800-948-1220 to discuss how we might help you quickly transfer your loved one back home.

Transferring a Transplant Patient from Florida to a Another State’s Transplant Center

Transplant patients may live in Florida but be on multiple state transplant lists.  To be eligible to be on another state’s list, patients must have a viable air ambulance solution to get them to the transplant center within a designated time.  Global Air Ambulance can assist you with an estimate of time to transfer your patient.

Some transplant patients choose to briefly visit Florida while on a transplant list in another state.  If your transplant organ becomes available while visiting Florida, Global Air Ambulance may be able to quickly pick you up from any one of over 100 small airports in Florida to transport you to your transplant center. However, we strongly recommend that patients waiting for transplants contact us in advance of planning a trip to Florida as some destinations may not be reachable within the allotted response time given to you by your transplant center.  

Medical Companion Assistance while Visiting Destinations Outside of Florida

Whether visiting relatives for special occasions or going to a distant location for a medical evaluation or opinion, your patient may require the assistance of an airline medical escort to travel with them roundtrip to and from their destination.  Global Air Ambulance can provide a medical companion to travel one way, roundtrip, or even to provide assistance while visiting your destination.  Call us at 800-948-1220 and one of our case managers can discuss your special requirements with you.

Medical Travel to Higher Level of Care

Florida Mayo Clinic

If your doctor refers your patient to one of America’s top tier hospitals for specialty care, Global Air Ambulance will obtain a full medical report on the patient, set up protocols to ensure a safe transport and then will pick up your patient in Florida and safely transport them to the destination hospital. The United States has 5 of the top 10 hospitals in the world, and Global Air Ambulance regularly transports patients from Florida to these and others: 

  • Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH

  • John Hopkins – Baltimore, MD

  • Massachusetts General Hospital – Boston, MA

  • Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital – New York, NY

We are also an expert in international patient transport and have transported patients to Worldwide Medical Centers of Excellence such as:

  • Charité - Universitätsmedizin – Berlin, Germany

  • Helsinki University Hospital – Helsinki, Finland

  • Hôpital Universitaire Pitié Salpêtrière – Paris

  • Singapore General Hospital - Singapore

  • St. Luke's International Hospital – Tokyo, Japan

Global Air Ambulance has the expertise to transport your ICU or critical care patient domestically or international to anywhere in the world. 

Reasons Patients Use Florida Air Ambulances To Travel To Florida

Patients travel from Caribbean, Central and South America for Medical Care

Because hospitals in many areas of the Caribbean and Central America cannot provide a multitude of state-of-the-art patient services, they partner with tertiary care hospitals in South Florida.

South Florida has nationally ranked hospitals such as Baptist Hospital of Miami, the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, University Hospital of Miami, and Miami’s teaching hospital, Jackson Memorial.  El Centro at the University of Miami is also a comprehensive center of excellence recognized by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. 

All of these hospitals are staffed to quickly accept patients from the islands, Central and South America and all have specialized equipment and treatment capabilities to treat referrals from primary and secondary level hospitals.  

South Florida is the Lowest Cost and Fastest Air Ambulance Destination from the Caribbean and Americas

For patients traveling from the Caribbean, Central and South America, South Florida is the closest U.S. destination, making it the lowest cost and fastest U.S. destination to fly a patient by air ambulance for specialty medical care.  Global Air Ambulance can expedite admitting your patient into a South Florida facility so that a higher level of patient care can begin as soon as possible.

Cruise line Medical Evacuations to Florida

Florida Cruise

Annually, 30 million people cruise the Gulf of Mexico.  Unfortunately, several thousand passengers become ill enough each year during their cruise to require an air ambulance. 

Patients are shocked to find that cruise ships remove ill patients from ships at the next port, leaving them in foreign medical facilities.  Often, these facilities are just small clinics that in no way can manage a patient’s dire medical needs.

In these instances, the cruise line medical director will encourage the patient’s family to contact an air ambulance while in route to the port.  When Global Air Ambulance receives a cruise line call, we quickly mobilize to meet the patient at the cruise ship as they dock at port.  

From there, we immediately transfer the patient to a higher level of care, often to a tertiary care hospital in Florida.  If you are considering taking a cruise, please take Global Air Ambulance’s contact information with you.  If you haven’t done so already, also consider purchasing travel insurance prior to your trip because an intensive care air ambulance from the Caribbean to Florida can cost $20,000.

Medical Tourism Transports to Florida

Medical Tourism

375,000 U.S. citizens and 40,000 non-U.S. citizens travel to Florida every year to receive medical treatments such as cosmetic, cancer or cardiovascular care.  After their operation, they then recuperate in sunny Florida weather while enjoying beautiful Florida scenery.  

Due to 41 nationally ranked health facilities, shorter wait times to receive care, and conducive recuperation weather, Florida is an ideal destination for medical tourism.   If you are considering a procedure in Florida, please call 800-948-1220 and our staff can assist you with medical facilities and residential options for your visit.

Medical Air Flights to Nationally Ranked Hospitals in Florida

Florida is a regional hub for higher level care at several premier hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic satellite that is nationally ranked in 7 specialties.  Other patients choose Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida for treatment of one of its nationally ranked, 9 adult specialties or 3 children specialties, including urology, ear, nose and throat, cancer, geriatrics, nephrology, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology and lung surgery, orthopedics, and gastroenterology and GI surgery.  Global Air Ambulance has transported patients internationally to receive treatment at these and other Florida hospitals.

Patients Travel by Air Ambulance to Florida for Decompression Sickness

Decompression Chamber

 The Caribbean and Florida’s reefs are world destinations for divers.  Unfortunately, some divers suffer from decompression sickness as a result of uncontrolled ascents that can lead to unconsciousness and death if left untreated.

Severe decompression sickness is an emergency that calls for immediate air ambulance evacuation to one of eight hyperbaric chamber locations on Florida’s Atlantic, Gulf and Panhandle coasts.

Patient Transports to Assisted Living and Nursing Homes in Florida for the Climate

Every year, Global Air Ambulance transports hundreds of patients from locations North down to Florida for a better long term care environmental climate.  Florida has an average of 237 days of sunshine and average winter temperatures above 70 degrees.  As a result of Florida’s climate, the state enjoys one of the longest life spans in the country.

Florida has over 1,800 Assisted Living Facilities and 600 nursing homes, many of which are nationally recognized.  Global Air Ambulance will safely transport your elderly patient to Florida by one of several methods, including medical airline escort, long distance ground transport and air ambulance.  Call 800-948-1220 today and one of our case managers will discuss options that meet your medical, timing, and financial needs.

What Is The Closest Florida Airport To Me

Florida Air Ambulance Airports

 With over 100 usable air ambulance airports in Florida, chances are a usable airport is located within a 15 minute ambulance ride from the patient’s facility.  Global Air Ambulance uses public, private, and military airports to get as close to your patient as possible.

Florida Airline Medical Escort Airports

 Global Air Ambulance will provide an RN to assist your patient on a commercial airline flight from any one of 20 commercial airports in Florida.  Our flight nurse will meet your patient bedside, traveling through the airport to a first-class seat.  The nurse will travel with your patient to any domestic or international destination, providing comfort, hygiene care, medicine and vitals monitoring along the way. Upon arrival at the destination airport, the RN will transport your patient to a destination facility by wheelchair van.

Major Florida medical escort commercial airports are located in the following cities:

  • Daytona Beach

  • Panama City Beach

  • Fort Lauderdale

  • Pensacola

  • Fort Myers

  • Sanford

  • Fort Walton Beach

  • Sarasota

  • Gainesville

  • St. Petersburg

  • Jacksonville

  • Tallahassee

  • Key West

  • Tampa

  • Melbourne

  • Vero Beach

  • Miami

  • West Palm Beach

  • Orlando

Florida International Airline Stretcher Transport Airports

If your patient is traveling from one country to another and cannot sit up in a first-class seat for take-off and landing, Global Air Ambulance can transport your patient by international stretcher aboard a non U.S. commercial airline.  We place a stretcher above seats in the rear of the aircraft with a curtain around it for privacy.  

Multiple Florida airports have non-U.S. commercial airline scheduled flights to international destinations in Europe and the Middle East.  Currently, no direct flights travel from Florida to Asia. However, Global Air Ambulance can transport your patient to another international U.S airport that can accommodate an international stretcher patient to Asia.  The combined air ambulance/stretcher trip can still provide considerable cost savings compared to air ambulance alone.

Elderly Man in Stretcher

International airlines that accommodate international stretcher patients either directly from Florida International airports or from other U.S. Airports include:

  • Aer Lingus

  • Air China

  • Air France

  • Air India

  • Alitalia

  • Asiana Airlines

  • China Eastern

  • China Southern

  • El AL

  • Finnair

  • Iberia

  • Japan Airlines

  • LOT - Polish Air

  • Lufthansa

  • Nippon Airways

  • Qatar Airways

  • Scandinavian Air

  • Singapore Airline

  • TAP Portugal

Covid considerations for air ambulance to and from Florida

Covid Florida

COVID is surging in parts of Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.  Mexico is especially hard hit.  Global Air Ambulance ensures that your aircraft and medical equipment are carefully cleaned before and after every flight.  

During the flight, the medical staff will use universal precautions and personal protective equipment.  The staff is regularly checked for COVID and have had COVID vaccines as well.

COVID positive patients are transferred in state-of-the-art COVID isolation pods to ensure that the crew and cabin are kept clean throughout the flight and that COVID is not transferred to future patients.  In addition, only specific aircraft and specialty crews are used for COVID patients.  Your patient’s safety is our utmost concern.

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