Medical emergency response has become big business, as more companies enter a market that has all but privatised because of the lack of any competent and effective public service to speak of. And while this has to some extent improved response and recovery times in the event of accidents, the cost of this service has skyrocketed over the past few years.
Any biker that has been the unfortunate victim of an accident will attest to the high cost of response services in the event that an ambulance is required. In addition to this, the cost of admittance to an emergency room is often way beyond the means of most who are not on an effective medical aid scheme.
EMS operators won't uplift a victim unless they have confidence that their costs will be covered, and in some areas of the country, even refer emergency calls to the nearest state facility or service rather than risk the financial loss of getting to and responding to an accident involving someone that perhaps has no cover. This can often mean the difference between life and death and sadly, there have been cases where the financial risks outweigh those of victims.
Add to this the enormous costs of just getting into an emergency room without a solid medical aid behind you. Medicine and medical services have become big business - staffed undoubtedly by committed and compassionate individuals, but run by accountants and investors hungry for profit. This has largely led the call for a NHS-style system in South Africa and created the enormous disparity between state and private facilities and service providers.
Bikers need to know that in the event of an accident, they will receive prompt and efficient response irrespective of their medical aid cover. While not disparaging the public sector EMS network, there is general acceptance of the fact that they are overworked and under-resourced and that relying on them is not the best course of action in an emergency. Add to this the dysfunctional state of many state hospitals and trauma facilities, bikers are nervous about not having appropriate cover to ensure that they receive response and medical facilities provided by the private sector.
So, when selecting your medical cover, choose that which provides swift and competent response from private EMS providers and hospitals as far as possible. Also, that your selected provider makes the approval for response and recovery without the slightest delay because the fact is that responders won't budge without that assurance from your insurer.
The Guardian Angel Motorcycle Emergency system offers inclusive emergency response cover that ensures that you get immediate response from a private EMS and that you are admitted to the closest private trauma facility without question while your medical aid makes a decision. This provides you with peace-of-mind, knowing that even when you cant speak, you receive the best available response and care.
Our 24/7 ERC personnel manage the emergency from impact until you are stabilised on the scene; transferred to the closest hospital; ensure that your medical aid is notified; that your bike is recovered and stored; and that your closest relatives are kept in the know about your condition throughout the trauma. The cover is not intended to replace a reliable medical aid, but with our sliding rate of cover and affordable care packages, your ride becomes less about risk and more about enjoyment.
Guardian Angel is a South African developed and managed motorcycle theft protection, tracking and emergency response system that provides a comprehensive package of benefits and services to riders. Specifically developed for motorcyclists, Guardian Angel offers protection and response for a range of scenarios, ranging from attempted theft to theft and motorcycle tracking; coordinated recovery and accident emergency response. Our pro-active approach ensures that riders don't need to alert our 24/7 emergency team for any incident, but that help is dispatched even when you can't speak for yourself.