MASA will safely help return you to the U.S. AFTER the patient has been admitted to a foreign hospital long enough to be deemed stable enough to fly. Your diagnosis of being stable enough to fly would come from the attending doctor in the foreign facility coordinated with the MASA attending doctors.
Once the patient has been deemed healthy enough to fly, MASA delivers emergency air transportation and will fly the patient, plus one significant other (spouse, friend or family member), from the foreign hospital the patient was admitted to, to the nearest available treatment center within the U.S. If the patient is healthy enough to withstand a flight to their home town hospital, that may be an option. Each circumstance is unique.
If you are being flown to a hospital in the U.S., the doctors in your foreign country and MASA will coordinate your arrival into the U.S. hospital so the hospital is ready for your arrival.
If it turns out that your health care requires extended treatments and hospital stays, MASA will then take you from the U.S. hospital that was nearest treatment and get you and your loved one to your home town hospital so that you may be near family and friends who can support you during your extended recovery.
Platinum Membership Benefits
- No Age Limit
- No Health Underwriting
- Services Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States
- Emergency Air Transportation
- Unlimited Ground Ambulance Transportation
- Organ Retrieval
- Organ Recipient Transportation
- Escort Transportation
- Non-Injury Transportation
- Mortal Remains Transport
- Family Membership includes husband and wife and any children up to age 23
Platinum Family Membership $390.00 A Year
Single Membership $290.00 A Year
Areas of Service
All of the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii), all of Canada, all of Mexico, the whole Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Bahamas, and Turks & Caicos.
MASA’s Aircraft Medically Equipped
MASA’s aircraft are located throughout the world but especially in the western hemisphere. All MASA aircraft are medically equipped and depending upon the medical requirements of the individual member/patient, appropriate medical personnel will accompany the member on the flight free of charge.
Your attending physician and MASA’s medical director determine when you will be flown and to the appropriate hospital. You must be checked in to a local hospital to be stabilized for the first 24 hours. Once the decision has been made that you are stabilized, MASA takes charge of all the details and expenses.
Platinum members may also participate in the MASA MedFlash Progam. MedFlash is a USB flash-drive that stores a member’s medical history. Designed to hang conveniently from a key-chain, the information in the emergency medical record (EMR) storage unit is immediately accessible by the treating physician or the member’s advocate in a medical crisis. If the member misplaces, loses, or even forgets the flash-drive when traveling, there is no need to worry. At your request, MASA can also access that information and communicate directly with your healthcare provider in a medical emergency.
- NO deductibles
- NO claim forms
- NO age limits
- NO health questions
- NO dollar limits on air transport costs
- Even pre-existing medical conditions are covered after only 90 days
Qualified and Experienced
- ALL experienced medical personnel are Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Paramedics, Registered Nurses and Physicians
- Trained medical crews stand by at strategic locations across the world
- A highly trained support staff handles each medical emergency with expertise and care
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Q: How does MASA work?
A: MASA has handled medical emergencies all over the world for more than 30 years. MASA was founded in 1974 and are the largest prepaid medical emergency service company in the world. In your time of need, a simple phone call to one of the MASA professionals gets you started. All medical trip arrangements, all transportation costs, all other services are provided to you by MASA.
Q: Does MASA work while I am at home?
A: Absolutely! When you are in need of specialized medical treatment not available locally, MASA will fly you by air ambulance to the hospital that can best attend to your needs. If you become ill or suffer an injury that requires local transportation by ground ambulance or helicopter, MASA will be there for you.
Q: How do I get home after I am hospitalized?
A: MASA will return you to the airport nearest your permanent residence following hospitalization, either by air ambulance transport or commercial return, depending upon your particular circumstances. In addition, if you are hospitalized away from home for more than seven days, MASA will fly a family member or friend, via round trip airfare, to visit you.
Q: Who makes the decision if I am going to be transported by air ambulance?
A: Your attending physician and MASA’s medical director determine when you will be flown and to the appropriate hospital. Once the decision has been made, MASA takes charge of all the details and expenses.
Q: How much does an air ambulance flight cost?
A: Air ambulance transportation is expensive, sometimes $50,000 or more. In most instances, health insurance or Medicare coverage pays little, if any of this expense and they do not provide the other benefits that MASA provides to you absolutely free of charge.
Q: What happens if I pass away while away from home?
A: MASA will make the arrangements and pay for the return of a member’s remains to the commercial airport nearest to the member’s permanent residence.
Q: Will MASA take care of my minor children if I have to be air transported?
A: Yes. MASA will transport your children, with escort, back to their home. What’s more, MASA will bring your minor grandchildren back to their parent’s home if you require air transport while they are visiting or staying with you.
Q: Will you bring my motor home, automobile or motorcycle back to my permanent address if I require air ambulance transport?
A: Yes. MASA will provide a bonded driver to return the vehicle and furthermore, MASA will pay for gas and oil utilized in returning the vehicle back home.
Q: Where can I use MASA’s services?
A: MASA’s basic area of coverage is all of the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii), all of Canada, all of Mexico, the whole Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Bahamas, and Turks & Caicos.
Q: Where are MASA’s air ambulances located?
A: MASA’s aircraft are strategically placed throughout various regions in the western hemisphere. All MASA aircraft are medically equipped and depending upon the medical requirements of the individual member/patient, appropriate medical personnel will accompany the member on the flight free of charge.
Q: What is the price of a MASA membership?
A: A Single membership is $240.00 per year and a Family membership is $390.00 per year with a $60.00 initiation fee.
Q: Why should I purchase a MASA membership?
A: An unexpected and serious illness or injury can occur, either while you are home or traveling, which requires specialized medical care not available locally. MASA provides this service to you absolutely free, with no deductibles, no out-of-pocket expenses and anyone can join regardless of age or medical condition.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: No. MASA is a membership association, not an insurance company, which means MASA members are not subject to medical underwriting by some 3rd party insurance company. Everyone can join MASA regardless of age.