What is Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation?
What is Emergency Medical Evacuation and Repatriation? There are few people who know the true meaning of evacuation and repatriation.
If you are injured or hospitalized while you are on a trip overseas, it is possible that location does not have the appropriate facilities to treat you.
The first step would be for you or someone on your behalf to call the collect number on your insurance card as soon as possible. This phone call opens the lines of communication between the treating facility, and a doctor at the insurance company. The doctor for the insurance company will review the medical records and discuss with the treating doctor the appropriate course of treatment(s). If it is deemed that adequate treatment is not available to you, the doctor for the insurance company will make that determination. From that point on, the insurance company will arrange an evacuation, provided it is safe for you to be transported. You cannot arrange an evacuation yourself as it would not be covered by the insurance company. A repatriation is the act of bringing you to back to your home country of residence. You may also see the phrase repatriation of remains. Although it is a morbid topic, this would mean that you died overseas, and the insurance company would arrange and bring your body back to your home country. When in doubt, ask an expert – they are there to help you.