Global Statistics Representing Air Ambulance Market Scenario
Air ambulance offers the benefit of convenience, confidentiality, safety, and continuous care that cannot be covered by commercial travel. With increasing ageing population and prevalence of various chronic diseases is driving the demand for the global air ambulance market.
Government initiative to reform the public healthcare is projected to be one of the growths determining factors during the forecast period, 2019–2026. Emergency medical services that are utilizing helicopters are commonly available in most of the developed countries. However, the governments of many developing countries have started collaborating with private companies to develop the air ambulance service and add the new formats of transportation to aid emergency medical cases. For instance, in February 2019, U.K Health Minister, Stephen Hammond, invited air ambulance charities in the U.K to apply for USD 11.30 million funds for upgrading their equipment and facilities.
The demand for better emergency health care services and rapidly growing medical tourism are expected to drive the global air ambulance services market. However, operational constraints, high costs, and air ambulance accidental incidences are restraining the growth of the market.
Global air ambulance market by rotary wing is expected to grow at CAGR 7.9% during the forecast period 2019–2026.
Global air ambulance market is segmented by type and application.
By type, the market is segmented into rotary wings and fixed wings. Helicopters are used as a rotary wing air ambulance, which are typically used to transport patients for short distance or from the accident scene to the hospital, and interhospital transport. More often, it is used as a substitute for ground ambulance. Fixed-wing aircraft are majorly used for long-distance, interhospital transports, and only fly in between airports. Association of Air Medical Services United States has estimated that over 150,000 patients are flown by fixed-wing aircraft each year in the U.S.
On the basis of application, the market is segmented into hospital based and community based. Air ambulance providers in the Hospital-based and community-based applications compete extensively based on safety, reliability, price, aircraft availability, experience, fleet configuration, aircraft medical capability, and quality of service. In the community-based model, the aviation operator owns the air medical service and it contracts or hires medical direction, flight nurses, paramedics and provides the aircraft, pilots, mechanics, and patient billing. Services are provided through partnerships with community health organizations and private players. These provided services can either be profit-based or non-profit.
Geographically, the global air ambulance market is segmented into four regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).
North America is dominating the global air ambulance services market due to developed infrastructure, defined regulatory framework, and favorable reimbursement policies. In the last few years, the number of air medical bases has grown considerably in the country and provides improved square mile coverage and access to air medical services. According to the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), the U.S. population coverage within a 15–20 minutes response area had grown from 71.2% in 2003 to 86.4% in 2016.
Europe is the second largest global air ambulance services market. However, the services vary as per geographical coverage, population coverage, and government policies. Rising prosperity in developing countries and austerity-driven privatization in developed countries are pushing the air ambulance demand further. Apart from this, most of the insurance companies have added air ambulance services to their listing. This is expected to fuel the demand for air ambulance services in the coming years.
Air ambulance services are gaining momentum worldwide, especially in Asia Pacific region. The mix of airspace regulations, infrastructure, funding, and several breakthroughs are offering an opportunity for air ambulance services market to flourish. The government support and eased airspace restrictions have boosted the air ambulance services market growth in the region. For instance, in 2016, China state council opened airspace below 3,000 meters to the general aviation industry. This has radically multiplied both the heights and routes air ambulances could use.
LAMEA is expected to witness steady growth in the industrial sector. Most of the air ambulance activities in the region from Latin America to nearest North American facilities. The region offers the potential for air ambulance services market. However, multiple actions are required to be taken by private companies and governments.
Some of the key players in the global air ambulance market are American Medical Response, Inc. (AMR), PHI Air Medical, Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA), IAS Medical, Express Air Medical Transport, LLC, Air Methods, Lifeguard Ambulance Service LLC, REVA, Inc., Acadian Air Med.
Global Air Ambulance Market Segmentation
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