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Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage

When faced with a medical emergency while traveling, the last thing you want is to be stuck in an unfamiliar hospital far from home. Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage is designed to alleviate this worry and ensure that you can receive care close to your loved ones. It’s a core benefit in most MASA plans, designed to provide you with financial protection and peace of mind.

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What is a repatriation and how does it work?

Repatriation is the process of returning someone to their home or place of origin. People often require medical repatriation services if they become ill or are injured when traveling and can’t access the medical treatment they need locally. Repatriation services arrange for transportation that meets the medical and logistical needs of the person requiring treatment. This process ensures that the person receives necessary care and support as they return to familiar surroundings or access healthcare facilities in their home country.

What is Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage?

Should you need continued care after an emergency and your care provider has approved moving you to a hospital nearer to your home, our Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage ensures MASA will coordinate and cover the expense for ambulance transportation to an approved medical facility. This coverage typically includes the cost of air or ground ambulance transportation, as well as any necessary medical support during the journey, and can be activated if you are admitted to a hospital more than 100 miles away from your home.

Why do I need Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage?

Medical repatriation services coverage is helpful for several reasons. First, recovering in a hospital in the area where you reside may allow you to be surrounded by familiar faces and in a more comfortable environment for recovery.

Transferring to a hospital near home may ensure that your medical records can be easily shared by your health providers if they are a part of one organization, and the healthcare providers you have an ongoing relationship with can be involved in your treatment plan.

If you’re hospitalized outside of the United States, language barriers and cultural differences may make communication with healthcare professionals challenging. Being repatriated to a hospital near home may alleviate these concerns, allowing you to focus on your recovery without additional stress.

Last, this coverage is helpful because the cost of medical transportation can be substantial, especially if air ambulance services are required. Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage helps protect you from these unexpected expenses.

Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage in action

Let’s take a closer look at a scenario that illustrates how you might use your coverage. Imagine you live in Dallas, TX and are visiting family across the state in Austin. During your stay, you experience a severe injury that requires immediate hospitalization. After receiving initial treatment at a local hospital, your condition stabilizes, but you still need ongoing care and monitoring.

With Repatriation to Hospital Near Home Coverage, you can be transported from the hospital in the city you’re visiting to a medical facility closer to your home. The coverage takes care of the cost of the air ambulance, as well as any necessary medical support during the flight.

Once you arrive at the hospital near your home, your regular healthcare providers, who know you and your medical history, can take over your care.

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