Guide to Air Ambulance and Medical Escort cost from the United States to India

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Guide to Air Ambulance and Medical Escort cost from the United States to India



It is important to know that there is a complete spectrum of services when you are planning a patient transfer from the United States to India. So also the cost can vary widely.

It is best to know all the options and then make an informed decision.

All depends on the patient clinical condition and safety requirements.

Step to Step Guide - How to avail services on an Air Ambulance flight or Commercial flight Stretcher transport for your loved one!

Step I

Get a Medical report and inform the Clinical status to the Medevac Company.

All patients in the ICU are not the same.

Some are relatively stable. For example, a patient who had a Transient Ischemic Attack is more stable than a patient with a massive Heart Attack.

The United States of America is a difficult place to obtain a Medical report. Due to Privacy and Confidentiality issues, hospitals are reluctant to give the Medical reports.

Inform us about the Treating doctor or your Case Manager and we will get the report for you.

Step II

Pre transport assessment of the Patient.

Based on patient assessment and pretravel assessment form filled by your treating doctor, we can plan options of travel for you.

Step III

Choose the right transport option and not the cheapest one!

Step IV

Get a Plan from the Medevac Company in writing. 

Have an email sent to you.

Video conference or talk to the Medical coordinator team.

Know the complete plan in advance.

Step V

Finalize the Plan and Get a Quote.

Once the plan of travel is finalized to the last detail - get a firm Quote for your Transfer.

There are variations but not gross discrepancies.

Step VI

Pay and Finalize the Transfer.

If the Insurance company is covering your transfer, get a Guarantee of Payment letter from the Company.

Step VII

Ask the Medevac company for Pretravel Preparation for the transport.

Complete Hospital discharge formalities on the day of transfer.

Get all the Hospital Bills paid.

Be ready for travel.


The actual travel - Be positive, Be prepared, Be cooperative during the transport.

Help the Medical escorts to discharge the patient, accompany the patient in the ground ambulance and support the Air Travel.

Step IX

The transport process goes as per plan, all is fine.

At times, it does not, cooperate and show your trust in the services.

Do not be overly demanding as long as the transport is progressing as per the plan.

Step X

Thank the Medical Escorts and the Company.

You may write formal feedback to them.

Collect the invoice and receipt 


The common sectors we fly - HI Flying - Air Ambulance International

Commercial Flight Stretcher/Business class transfers

  • New York to Mumbai - 24500 USD
  • San Francisco to New Delhi - 28000 USD
  • Los Angeles to Kolkata - 29000 USD
  • Chicago to Bangalore - 26000 USD
  • Charlotte to New Delhi - 25500 USD
  • Cleveland to New Delhi - 32000 USD
  • Boston to Mumbai - 28500 USD
  • Miami to Chennai - 33000 USD
  • Fort Lauderdale to Kochi - 35500 USD
  • Atlanta to Mumbai - 27500 USD
  • DC to Delhi - 29000 USD

Air Ambulance Flights

  • New York to Mumbai 160000 USD
  • Boston to Delhi 185000 USD
  • Chicago to Bangalore 210000 USD
  • San Francisco to Kochi 222000 USD
  • Los Angeles to Kolkata 198000 USD
  • Atlanta to Bangalore 215000 USD

Above are broad cost estimates for the transport of stable or critical patient on the USA to India Sector.

Understanding the Healthcare cost in the United States

Healthcare cost in the United States can be very expensive especially when your patient is in the Critical care unit and undergoing various interventions.

It is important for patient relatives to understand what cost they are looking at and at what stage should they take a decision to fly home to India where the cost can be more affordable and possible.

Why should you be an informed healthcare consumer?

It is a simple fact -- healthcare is expensive. But did you know that the cost for the same healthcare service can vary by 200%-500% depending on where you receive care?

Even if you have health insurance, you are most likely paying more “out- of- pocket” or have higher co-payments, deductibles and co-insurance. If you do not have health insurance, you have probably experienced sticker shock after receiving a bill from your provider.

It is critical that we understand what we will be responsible for paying BEFORE we receive care. Unfortunately for consumers, it is very difficult to find and compare prices on healthcare services.

How much should I expect to pay for my healthcare service?

Regardless of whether you have health insurance or are uninsured, you should pay a Fair Price for healthcare services.

The Healthcare Bluebook will help you identify the Fair Price for most services where you have the time to become educated and make knowledgeable choices (i.e. non-emergency types of services or services that are not for complex care such as cancer treatments or transplants. 

How much should I pay for my service?

Regardless of whether you have health insurance or are uninsured, you should pay a Fair Price for healthcare services.

Uninsured patients should never have to pay the full billed amount for healthcare services. The good news is that if you are uninsured and are paying cash for your healthcare services, many providers will accept a price that is lower than the standard billed amount. But, in order to receive the lower price you have to ask your provider for the discount.

Understanding your health insurance

What is covered by my health insurance policy?

There are many different types of health insurance coverage. The most common plan types include Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), High Deductible or Consumer-Directed Health Plans (HDHP or CDHP) and Limited Medical policies (sometimes called mini-med).

You will want to understand your benefits coverage before seeking care. Your health benefits will vary depending on what type of plan you have. Some key items to understand include:

  • Does your insurance require you to select doctors and providers from a list? (This is often called a provider network.)
  • If you use a provider outside of the allowed network, will your insurer pay for any portion of the care? (This is often called an "out of network" benefit.)
  • Specifically, what services are not covered by your insurance? (For example, cosmetic surgery is generally not covered. Dental services are not typically part of medical coverage and require separate dental insurance.)
  • Are medications covered by your policy, and if so, what types of medications are covered?
  • Is there a limit on the total amount that your insurer will cover?
  • What portion of your healthcare is you being asked to pay out of pocket? Depending on the type of plan you have, you may be asked to pay:
    • A deductible, which is the total amount you must pay before your insurance begins paying.
    • A co-payment, which is a specific amount you must pay at each visit or for each medication
    • Co-insurance, which is the specific percentage you must pay for each service or each medication up to a limit (the limit is often called the Out of Pocket Maximum)
    • Out-of-Pocket Limit, this is the maximum amount you will pay in a plan year.
  • Get Help with Health Insurance

    Whether you are looking for Medicare insurance, individual health insurance, Medicaid, or small business health plans, HealthPocket will help you find the right option for your needs. HealthPocket understands health insurance can be confusing with unfamiliar terms and complicated benefits. HealthPocket is here to make things simpler and clearer. HealthPocket will help you compare health plan premiums and quickly learn about insurance basics, out-of-pocket costs, and find the plan that is right for you.

For more information or to schedule an Air Ambulance flight or to plan a Commercial Flight transfer from the United States to India - Call us or email us admin@hiflyingllc.com

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