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Latin America Air Ambulance Services Market

Latin America Air Ambulance Services Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Fixed wing, Rotary wing), By Application (Hospital, Community) and Forecasts, 2023-2031

Report Code: SRHI55136DR
Study Period 2019-2031 CAGR 13%
Historical Period 2019-2021 Forecast Period 2023-2031
Base Year 2022 Base Year Market Size USD XX Million
Forecast Year 2031 Forecast Year Market Size USD XX Million
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Market Overview

The Latin America air ambulance services market share witnessed significant growth and is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 13.0% during the forecast period (2023-2031)

Air ambulances are fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft or helicopters equipped with a critical care unit and medical supplies to handle medical emergencies, patient transfers, and life-saving rescues in locations where ground vehicles cannot travel. 

Several reasons, including urbanization, population growth, the expansion of the healthcare system, and the demand for quick access to specialist treatment, fuel the market for air ambulance services in Latin America. Due to the prevalence of isolated places and the requirement for rapid emergency response, the demand for air medical transportation is increasing. Growing public awareness and government measures to enhance emergency medical services can impact the market.

Market Dynamics

Latin America Air Ambulance Services Market Drivers

Increasing Demand for Emergency Medical Transportation

Due to reasons such as improved healthcare infrastructure, expanding urbanization, and increased accessibility to rural places, Latin America has seen an increase in demand for air ambulance services. In recent years, the number of highways and airports in Latin America's rural areas has increased. This has made it simpler for air ambulances to reach these places, increasing demand for these services. The increased need for emergency medical transportation, developments in medical technology, and government attempts to expand healthcare access are driving the Latin American air ambulance services market. Air ambulance services save lives and improve patient outcomes in the region by focusing on providing critical care services to distant places.

Latin America Air Ambulance Services Market Restraints

Cost Constraints and Affordability

The low insurance coverage for such services contributes to cost limits and affordability in Latin America's air ambulance services sector. Many nations' health insurance policies exclude or limit coverage for air ambulances, allowing patients to incur expensive costs on their own. Due to budgetary concerns, this may dissuade people from using air ambulance services. According to GlobalData research, the out-of-pocket cost for air ambulance services in Latin America can range from USD 5,000 to USD 30,000 or more, depending on the distance traveled and the medical equipment and people needed. Many people and families, particularly those with little financial resources, may find this expense unreasonable.

Furthermore, air ambulance services in distant or underdeveloped parts of Latin America might be prohibitively expensive. Establishing and sustaining air ambulance facilities and operations in these areas can be prohibitively expensive, rendering providers financially unsustainable. As a result, the availability of air ambulance services in such places may be limited, resulting in inequities in access to emergency medical transportation.

Latin America Air Ambulance Services Market Opportunities

Technological Advancement

Medical technology and equipment have progressed in the Latin American area, allowing air ambulances to deliver sophisticated medical care while traveling. Air ambulances in Brazil, for example, are outfitted with specialist equipment such as portable ultrasound instruments, enhanced life support systems, and telemedicine capabilities to deliver real-time medical consultations while in travel. Moreover, In recent years, the Colombian government has invested in expanding air ambulance services. The government has established a nationwide network of air ambulance sites and allocated financing for procuring new aircraft. Due to these efforts, the utilization of air ambulance services in Colombia has grown by 15% in the last three years. Hence, there are plenty of opportunities for market growth in Latin America.

Regional Analysis

The Latin America air ambulance services market is analyzed in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and the rest of Latin America. Brazil is the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.4% during the forecast period.

According to the International Monetary Fund, the rising living standards and improved access to quality healthcare in South America have increased the life expectancy of South Americans to approximately 75 years, and the CIA estimates that by the year 2020, approximately 8% of the population on the continent will be over the age of 65. Both of these statistics are based on projections about the continent's population. On the other hand, projections show that 2050 this percentage will have increased to 17.5%. Coronary heart disease is considered the leading cause of mortality in South America, particularly in Brazil and Chile. When no other option exists, patients who need medical care are transported in air ambulances. South America is widely famous worldwide as a destination for those seeking medical treatment. Numerous vacationers travel because of the low cost of medical treatment available there. Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Columbia, and Brazil are the top five destinations in South America for those seeking medical tourism.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Type
  1. Fixed wing
  2. Rotary wing
By Application
  1. Hospital
  2. Community
Company Profiles American Medical Response (AMR) PHI Air Medical LLC IAS Medical Air Methods Corporation AirMed International, LLC Acadian Air Med Capital Air Ambulance
Geographies Covered
Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The Latin America air ambulance services market is segmented based on type, application, and country.

The market is further segmented by type into Rotary wing and fixed wing.

The rotary wing contributes a major market share and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.5% during the forecast period.

Most rotary-wing aircraft are helicopters, often used to quickly move people needing medical care over short distances. Because of this, helicopters are used a lot in emergency services worldwide. Because they can land almost anywhere, they are useful when a ground ambulance has trouble getting to the patient. Rotor-winged planes have trouble going long distances because they can't carry as much fuel.

Fixed-wing planes have wings that don't move. Jet engines or blades move them. Since they must be refueled often, they are usually used for long-distance trips. Fixed-wing planes are used a lot in medical tourism to get sick people to the right hospital where they can get specialized care.

The market is further segmented into Hospital-based community based by application.

Community-based holds a major market share and is expected to register a CAGR of 12.7% over the forecast period.

Community-based operations are expected to make up a big part of the air aid business since they better know what people need in their area. Most companies in this field are community-based or charity-run groups that raise money through neighborhood events. Members who help raise money get many extras when they use air medical transport services.

Hospital-based services are like air taxis used to move patients, help people in emergencies outside the hospital, and do things like organ donation missions. The government or a private hospital can pay for them, and the cost of transportation must be paid in addition to the cost of care. In the last ten years, hospital-based services have become more popular. However, hospitals have recently learned that hiring a private air ambulance provider is much cheaper than buying and running their planes.

Market Size By Type

Recent Developments

  • In March 2023- AMR announced a collaboration with Google Cloud to improve patient care. 
  • In March 2023- IAS Medical introduced a new telehealth platform that allows users to video chat with a healthcare physician. 

Top Key Players

American Medical Response (AMR) PHI Air Medical LLC IAS Medical Air Methods Corporation AirMed International, LLC Acadian Air Med Capital Air Ambulance Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the growth rate for the Latin America air ambulance services market?
The Latin America air ambulance services market growing at a CAGR of 13% from (2023–2031).
American Medical Response (AMR), PHI Air Medical LLC, IAS Medical, Air Methods Corporation, AirMed International, LLC, Acadian Air Med, Capital Air Ambulance are the prominent players in the Latin America air ambulance services market.
Rotary wing segment is the leading segment for the market during forecast period.

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