The cab ambulance is supposed to come to our rescue and can be called day or night. But is this enough to benefit from this offer? This article will help you take advantage of its offer at any time, in case of need.
Requesting Reimbursement From an Ambulance Cab
The ambulance cab or the conventioned cab is a means of health transport approved by the primary health insurance fund. For a long-term illness, the cost of permanent transport can be very high. Therefore, whether you have hired public transport or a private vehicle, the primary health insurance fund may cover your travel costs. Provided you meet the following criteria:
– The transport voucher
First of all, a doctor’s intervention is essential, as he or she will prescribe a transport voucher to the patient. The patient must also have social security. In addition to this, identification and an insurance card are also required.
Types of Cases Subject to Coverage
Transportation charged to the health insurance company must be in one of the following situations.
The Hospitalized Patient
A patient who is hospitalized and has health insurance is reimbursed. This is regardless of the length of hospitalization. A supporting document must only prove the latter. For this purpose, an entry and exit ticket and a medical prescription with an indication of transport are required. The attending physician will analyze and determine whether or not the patient needs to be transported.
People suffering from a condition that requires long-term treatment (ALD) are also considered. Their transportation costs will be covered by their health insurance when they cannot travel (e.g., because of a disability). And that they need to travel to follow the treatment permanently in the hospital.
The same applies to people who have suffered a work accident or suffer from occupational diseases. The patient is not always hospitalized but has to go to the hospital several times to follow his treatment. In this case, the health insurance includes the travel costs in its charge.
The Distance Between the Patient and the Clinic
The patient who is not near a hospital and more than 150 km from the hospital is also eligible. The same applies if the person in question has to change transport at least 4 times to get to the clinic, and this for at least 2 months to continue the medical treatment. In this case, the patient must have a CPAM approval and the transportation voucher to be reimbursed. The patient’s doctor is responsible for filling out the prior request form to the CPAM medical department.
These are only examples, but certain situations merit reimbursement of transportation costs by the health insurance.
The Appointment Subject to a Medical Prescription
A person who has a medical prescription indicating means of transport is entitled to reimbursement. He/she is summoned by a medical expert or by a professional equipment supplier to collect his/her equipment. This is the case of a person with a disability who will receive an ortho prosthesis.
Accompanying a Patient
The health insurance also considers a child under the age of 16 who needs to be accompanied. To facilitate reimbursement, the mutual health insurance company must be notified in advance. It is generally expected to pay 65% of the transportation costs.