The air ambulance industry is looking up

Improving tech and an aging population paint a rosy picture for airlift providers.

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The air ambulance industry is looking up

With the global geriatric population set to double to 2B+ by 2050, one industry prepares to double with it: air ambulances.

Market researchers identify US air ambulance services as a fast-growing sector, expected to rise 10.6% annually and reach $32.9B by 2030.

More medics will save lives…

… especially if there are more advancements in the sky with them. Want to see what the future of medical transport looks like? Go to Norway, per Vertical:

  • The Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation is testing CT scanners in its helicopters.
  • … uh, wouldn’t a CT scanner be too heavy for a chopper? Yes, which is why the NAAF is using nanotechnology to develop lightweight scanners that require fewer parts.
  • NAAF is also a testing partner for Airbus’ automated eVTOL aircraft. The first flight-test is planned for 2024 — sans pilot.

Air ambulances may not have sirens, but…

… alarm bells will still be going off around them. Growth isn’t a given in an industry with major limiting factors:

  • Staffing: Trained medical personnel can be expensive and hard to find.
  • Weather: Fleets may be unable to fly in bad weather, limiting adoption.

Perhaps the stickiest issue is cost: Who gets stuck with the bills? Families, insurance providers, and medical transport operators have already spent years duking that out in courtrooms.

Airlifts run up to ~$40k per flight today, per Bloomberg. Maybe someone in Norway can run some nanotech experiments to bring those down in size, too?

Topics: Healthcare

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