Medjet will now carry Covid-19 patients

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A patient entering a plane for medical air transport.
A patient entering a plane for medical air transport.

The air medical transport membership service Medjet will begin flying travelers hospitalized for Covid-19 to a home hospital of their choice beginning Oct. 19.

The policy will apply to those who are hospitalized in the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, but not in other regions.

The change will be a substantial one for Medjet, which currently excludes all active Covid-19 infections from transport.

In a Wednesday announcement, the company said it is the first air medical transport service of its kind to adjust its program to include certain Covid-19 transports.

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"We know that Covid has become our members' No. 1 concern, and we wanted to address that," said Medjet CEO Mike Hallman. "We always try to evolve our services based on member needs."

The company, Hallman added, is making the change after sourcing more aircraft with isolation pods and more crews with proper training. Medjet has also dealt with travel clearances and restrictions for the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Despite adding the new service, Medjet will keep the same pricing, with memberships starting at $99. The company also said it will cover all costs associated with Covid-19 transport, with no cost caps. A regular air ambulance transport can cost $30,000 domestically and up to $180,000 internationally.

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