DALLAS, Aug. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Associa, the worldwide leader in community association management has partnered with SkyMed International, a long standing and distinguished provider of worldwide emergency air ambulance evacuation services.
Through the Associa Advantage program, Associa managed community residents are now quali-fied to enroll in the SkyMed Air Evacuation membership plan at preferred savings.
"Recently, a SkyMed member who purchased our Global ETS plan, was medically escorted from Spain to Florida at no cost. Without SkyMed that flight would have cost $90,000 up front. What makes SkyMed a standout in the industry is we "Take You Home" to your hospital, doctor and loved ones, not to the nearest appropriate medical facility as most insurance policies dictate," cites SkyMed representative John Villegas.
According to the Association of Air Medical Services, an estimated 550,000+ patients in the U.S. use air ambulances each year. The average air ambulance trip is 52 miles and costs between $12,000 and $25,000 per flight. If you undergo a medical emergency abroad, the cost of medical evacuation back to the U.S. can reach six figures. Patients are usually not able to negotiate prices or refuse transport while requiring urgent medical care. Many insurers will pay what they deem reasonable use of an air ambulance; however, sometimes the air ambulance company and the in-surer disagree on the cost. Depending on circumstances, the remainder of the bill—which could run in the thousands of dollars—could be your responsibility.
"This service will especially be valuable to our clients who own property outside of the U.S. and Canada, like one of our many communities in Los Cabos, Mexico," says Associa Advantage President Jennifer Shannon. "SkyMed provides a must-have convenience that is a strong value-added service we can proudly offer to all of our residents in the USA, Canada and Mexico through Associa Advantage."
"Last year an employee at Associa Mexico was in a very serious car accident that left her in a life or death situation," according to Associa Mexico President Chris Larsen. "Without the assistance of emergency air transportation this team member may not have survived."
About SkyMed International:
Credited with saving countless lives worldwide since 1989, SkyMed International rescues its members via medical air evacuation should they fall victim to a serious accident or other medical emergency and returns them to the hospital of their choice. Once a SkyMed member, all related costs of medical air evacuation are completely eliminated. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, over 350,000 members have placed their trust in SkyMed. The company has representatives in the USA, Canada and Mexico. For more information on SkyMed International, visit www.SkyMed.com
Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the industry's largest community association management firm with over 9,000 employees operating more than 170 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.
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