This week Lufthansa rolled out details on a new “Patient Transport Compartment” (PTC) on its Boeing 748-8 and Airbus A380 flights from Frankfurt and Munich.
Lufthansa says, “The PTC boasts a multitude of advantages compared to a conventional air ambulance, for example lower costs and a time savings of up to 50 percent due to the fact that it is installed right in the airliner. The spacious interior of the PTC offers enough space for the patient’s bed, two seats for the doctor treating the patient and a Lufthansa crew member and intensive care equipment along with the required material and medication.”
International medical evacuations and transportation can be frighteningly expensive (easily more than $100,000) if you are hurt or become severely ill overseas. That’s why frequent international travelers (or the companies that employ them) have medical evacuation policies in place that cover the cost of medical transport to the nearest medical facility, or back to the U.S. from abroad.
Here’s how InsureMyTrip.com describes medical evacuation coverage:
The German carrier says that it already transports up to 100 intensive care patients in existing PTCs on its 747-400 and Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft.
Have you ever become severely ill overseas? What happened?
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