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Emergency Flight Insurance?
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Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Emergency Flight Insurance? on 10/10/2013 09:34:36 MDT Print View

If I need an emergency helicopter flight from my rural community to an urban medical center it will cost me about $25,000.

I just spent 4 days walking a 100 mile trail in my neck of the woods. For 80% of my hiking I'm close to home, but most policies for backcountry rescue and "travel insurance" have a "... when more than 100 miles from home..." clause. (This would be a medical evacuation, not a search and rescue mission.)

Does anyone have information on "close to home" flight insurance?

I've been digging a bit with little luck. I found MASA but it runs $540 a year, about twice what I was expecting to pay.

If you Know of a carrier addressing this need I'd appreciate the lead.


Edited by greg23 on 10/10/2013 09:50:48 MDT.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Re: Emergency Flight Insurance? on 10/10/2013 11:01:32 MDT Print View


I'm working on a BPL article about rescue insurance. If you find anything, let me know. Article might be published early next year.

-- Rex

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Emergency Flight Insurance? on 10/10/2013 11:12:02 MDT Print View

There are a number of plans out there for "away from home". When/IF I find something for "close to home" you'll see it posted here.

Be aware that many "away from home" policies are for transport after the fact, and do not cover "immediate medical rescue". In Colorado a search requiring a helicopter for location/extraction is usually not billed. But if that same helicopter extracts you with a compound fracture, heart condition, HAPE, etc., it becomes a medical evacuation, and you Will get a bill.

I look forward to your review.

Edited by greg23 on 10/10/2013 11:33:50 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Emergency Flight Insurance? on 10/12/2013 16:51:44 MDT Print View


Rob Reynolds
(rfreynol) - MLife
DAN on 12/02/2013 20:56:16 MST Print View

Targeted at scuba divers, DAN insurance covers most activities.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: DAN on 12/02/2013 21:04:36 MST Print View

.... if the Insured’s tickets do not contain specific travel dates (open tickets);

So if a ticket is not involved, this policy isn't for you.

The Insurer will pay for Covered Emergency Evacuation Expenses incurred if an Insured suffers an Injury or Sickness while he or she is on a Trip that warrants his or her Emergency Evacuation.

So if you get lost, this policy won't work for you.

Edited by greg23 on 12/02/2013 21:29:39 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: DAN on 12/02/2013 21:22:02 MST Print View

The DAN insurance isn't what it may sound like, to me. They must be called for their evacuations and it can only be from a geographic location where emergency vehicles can drive to, not miles into the backcountry.

"Emergency Evacuation does not include efforts to locate an injured person whose location is unknown, or efforts to rescue such persons from a dangerous situation or location. Emergency Evacuation may begin only after the injured person is made available at a location which can be reached by emergency medical services personnel."

Edited by jshann on 12/04/2013 07:26:06 MST.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Re: Emergency Flight Insurance? on 12/03/2013 23:19:46 MST Print View

Some medical insurance plans will cover "medically necessary" emergency flights. Might be worth checking your plan details, or asking your insurance agent.

Some medical flight services offer annual memberships that cover you (or you and your family), for any medically necessary flights at no cost. If most of your trips are in the same area, might be worth considering.


- Membership in one service usually does not transfer. If you need a medical flight outside their service area, you pay full cost.

- Sometimes multiple companies cover an area. You don't get to choose -- EMS calls whoever can respond fastest, or rotates between companies. You might need membership with multiple companies.

-- Rex

Edited by Rex on 12/03/2013 23:21:00 MST.

Mike In Socal
(rcmike) - MLife

Locale: California
Rescue Insurance on 12/04/2013 00:09:31 MST Print View

Geos provides worldwide provides search and rescue insurance

AXA Insurance also provides travel insurance.

AXA also has multiple offerings:
single trip
annual multiple trip
backpacker/long stay (for up to one year away)
winter sports
adventure sports
medical travel

Lastly, I did a search for: air ambulance insurance companies
Google: air ambulance insurance companies
...and found multiple results
Airmed, for example, charges $385 per year for family coverage.


Edited by rcmike on 12/04/2013 00:41:03 MST.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Article posted on 01/09/2014 23:43:25 MST Print View

My article Rescue Insurance for Backpackers has been posted, with information on emergency flight insurance.

-- Rex