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What Are the Differences Between Ambulances & NEMT Services? July 4, 2020

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What Are the Differences Between Ambulances & NEMT Services?, Bronx, New York

When it comes to your health, it’s crucial to understand the resources available to you. This ensures you utilize the different options correctly if the need ever arises. One common point of confusion is medical transportation, as there are options for different occasions. The following guide offers clarification on how two common services work.

How Do Ambulance Services Work?

medical transportationYou can only request an ambulance during an emergency, such as after a stroke or serious wound.

This type of vehicle is meant to get someone in critical condition to the hospital as quickly as possible, so the driver has certain privileges to ensure the patient is transported efficiently. For example, they might use sirens to get other cars to move out of the way or run red lights if needed. An ambulance is also outfitted with extensive medical supplies and equipment to allow paramedics to treat patients en route. 

How Does Non-Emergency Medical Transport Work?

Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services provide affordable, convenient, and accessible rides to and from locations that offer health services. You must book a trip in advance and feel well when you ride it. If you experience unusual symptoms, call 911 instead. 

Much like their name suggests, they’re used for non-emergency situations. Call their service for pre-planned health care activities, such as doctor’s appointments, dialysis sessions, and visits with out-of-town specialists.


If you need to schedule non-emergency medical transportation for your next doctor’s appointment, turn to Agape Transportation. Serving residents throughout Westchester County and New York City, they’re proud to offer a broad range of options designed to ensure their customers have access to the health care resources they need to maintain healthy, happy lives. For your convenience, they accept Medicaid and Medicare to make transportation affordable. Visit their website to learn more about their work, and call (718) 585-2222 to schedule a ride today.

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