SkyMed Medical Air Transport Review
ConsumersAdvocate.org Rating: 7.8 / 10 (Very good)
SkyMed specializes in providing emergency travel services. The company does not own or maintain its own planes but currently partners with air carriers to provide its services. In the unfortunate incident that a member suffers from an injury or critical incident while travelling across its 32 covered countries, the company repatriates the member to their home hospital of choice.
SkyMed does not own or maintain its own aircraft but partners with air carriers in its area of coverage.
Approximately 75% of aircraft used in air transports are jets or fixed wing aircrafts. Type of aircraft used are subject to the type or landing strip or airport available. The rest of the flights are on regularly scheduled carriers. Type of aircraft service used also depends on the member’s medical condition.
More than 100 miles from home
90 day waiting period for pre-existing conditions
2 services per person per year
Transferrable membership (deceased members)
$200 limit for incidental expenses (taxi, meals and hotel)
Commercial carrier medical escort flight – members discharged from the hospital but require medical assistance returning home upon the request of a physician are provided a qualified nurse or paramedic during a commercial flight.
Non-member assistance – for non-members, SkyMed provides assistance for air transport at a 20% discount.
What’s included with SkyMed
- Emergency medical evacuation
- Medically necessary repatriation
- Repatriation of mortal remains
- Vehicle return
- Visit by a family member or friend
- Hotel arrangements
- Pre-travel information
- Return of dependent children
- Worldwide medical dental referrals
- Lost luggage assistance
- Security evacuation services
- Emergency pet housing/ pet returns
- Transfer of insurance information
- Emergency cash advance assistance
- Monitoring of treatment
- Replacement of loss or stolen travel documents
- Legal referrals
- Medical and vaccine delivery
- Translation services
- Replacement corrective lenses and medical devices
- Emergency message forwarding
- Updates to family/ employer/ physician
- Medical records transfer
- Dispatch of doctors/ specialists
- Helicopter option
- 100 mile waiver option
- Ground ambulance option
- Primary Driver Disability option
30 day money back guarantee after effective date. Transfer to a member’s primary residence is upon the sole discretion of the company. For those who qualify for emergency medical evacuation through commercial air and has an existing return airline ticket, SkyMed may use existing ticket and only pay for applicable charges. Destination will be the nearest facility capable of providing appropriate care as determined by the company.
SkyMed promises to send members not just to the nearest qualified medical facility but to a hospital near their home. This is in contrast to most medical evacuation offers that merely send you to the nearest hospital. Other highlights from the company include a long list of standard and optional features designed for travelers. A good buy for those searching for medical evacuation coverage but still a few notches down compare to the better ranked companies in this review.