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Old 03-09-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Have you ever been medically evacuated?

While this thread will require actual reports, it is intended as a planning tool.

I would like to inquire about anyone's experience of being medically evacuated from a foreign country back to your home country. I am interested in discussing topics such as; what evacuation insurance you may have had and used at the time, what percentage of the evacuation cost was covered, whether you where responsible for any costs up front, how the medical evacuation process was initiated, how quickly you were evacuated, what mode(s) of transportation were used, and what, if anything, you would do differently to better prepare for such a situation the next time.

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Old 03-09-2012, 09:46 AM   #2
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Might also be interesting to include domestic medical evacuation stories that are bike related. Hap Hazard used MedjetAssist twice within the continental US, I believe.

Your thread. Your call.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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I agree... MedJet...

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Old 03-09-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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Might also be interesting to include domestic medical evacuation stories that are bike related. Hap Hazard used MedjetAssist twice within the continental US, I believe.

Your thread. Your call.
Yes, domestic evacuation stories should be included. Also, evacuations where the process was not insured should be included.

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I agree... MedJet...

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While I agree that MedJet is one of the best choices for coverage, I am looking for stories about the logistics of being evacuated. Basically how did you get home after falling down and you couldn't get up. I am interested in how an evac plan was executed. What hurdles did you encounter. Etc.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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Good thread

Wonder if we could earn a group rate, mainly in the lower 48 for me.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #6
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I have MedJet and also have the motorcycle rider. If you are evacuated they will ship your bike back too.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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If you are evacuated they will ship your bike back too*
* Restrictions Apply. Check the fine print. Doesn't apply south of Mexico, for example.

** Motorcycle return is limited to North America (continental United States, Alaska, Canada and Mexico).
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #8
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* Restrictions Apply. Check the fine print. Doesn't apply south of Mexico, for example.

** Motorcycle return is limited to North America (continental United States, Alaska, Canada and Mexico).
That is correct. It also does not cover you if you are over 75 or you are an inpatient or outpatient for psychiatric care. Does this apply to those of us who are in the asylum???
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:19 PM   #9
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Medijet Insurance

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I have MedJet and also have the motorcycle rider. If you are evacuated they will ship your bike back too.
We have Medjet insurance with MC rider. They shipped my wife's bike from San Juan Island to our BMW dealer Northern California last summer. we were ridding to the ferry when a deer ran out right in front of her.



She was flown by helicopter to Bellingham, WA ER and fortunately released that same day after many many x-rays etc. Nothing was broken but lots of bruising; especially to her left should and left wrist. I contacted Medjet & after consulting with the ER doc they agreed that she was not medically fit to ride a MC, so the agreed to ship the bike.



It took about 2 months for the bike to actually get to our dealer in Chico, CA. When I asked why it was taking so long they said they use commercial movers and had to get on trucks hat had room & were going in the right direction. I have no complaint, they did what they said they would do and were very helpful and compassionate.

PS. my wife flew home and after several moths of healing she is riding again:


photo is of her at hotel in Bellingham with some frozen pea therapy

The story is in this ride report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=691872
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:04 AM   #10
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For those of us who ride solo, this thread is a good reason to give thought to who's going to call for you when you are laying on the side of the ride unconscious.

I carry a laminated card in my wallet (English/Spanish).
Pertinent info> Blood type, cel ph of personal physician in Mexico, cel # of the wife, Visa and Passport #'s, preferred hospital choice, insurance carrier info. Also cel # of best friend just in case. One card in the wallet and the other taped to the side of my Shoei.

Never hurts to have a Santo Judas Tadeo card in your wallet, patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases. (Odds are a Catholic will find you in Mexico.)
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:07 AM   #11
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Never hurts to have a Santo Judas Tadeo card in your wallet, patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases. (Odds are a Catholic will find you in Mexico.)
I'm screwed then. I have a Salma Hayek card, its a still pic from her scene in Frida where she's sitting on the bed after they just removed her body cast.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:24 AM   #12
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She was flown by helicopter to Bellingham, WA ER and fortunately released that same day after many many x-rays etc.
Glad your wife was relatively ok after the accident

Curious, who covered the cost of the helicopter ride?
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:26 AM   #13
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glad your wife was relatively ok after the accident

curious, who covered the cost of the helicopter ride?
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:10 AM   #14
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One expensive helicopter ride

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Glad your wife was relatively ok after the accident

Curious, who covered the cost of the helicopter ride?
Just our regular insurance, Blue Cross, which of course has a deductible & then does not pay 100%.

At the time, on the side of the road, she was hurting pretty bad. There was real concern on my part & the paramedic of possible broken collar broken and/or ribs. San Juan Island only has a small clinic with no x-ray capacity, thus the need for the helicopter ride.

The deer had come over the handle bars and actually taken her off the bike. In the picture of the bike & the deer her direction of travel was 180 degrees opposite.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:16 AM   #15
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Broke my ribs in VA. Came home by train, but Medjet shipped the bike (fully loaded for camping plus all my gear) back. It did take about 3 weeks but since I couldn't ride during that time it wasn't a problem. They were extremely helpful and I wouldn't go anywhere without them now.
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