Shout out to Maria Todd for bringing this to my attention.
As reported by Stephanie Goldberg in Business Insurance.com, (no relation to my mother’s side of the family), North Dakota has codified its payer rules for air ambulance services.
This is significant, because of the economic boom in North Dakota from the oil fields there, and since North Dakota is primarily an underpopulated state, it occurred to me some time ago that should a worker in the oil industry become injured on the job, they would have to taken miles away to a hospital for medical care, especially if that care cannot be provided locally.
Neighboring states such as Minnesota or South Dakota come to mind easily, but what if the medical need is one that no hospital in those states can handle? Perhaps there is one in, let’s say, Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada. That would be an example of cross-border workers’ comp, not unlike the examples I discussed in my previous posts, Cross-border Workers’ Compensation a Reality in California, NAFTA, Work Comp and Cross-Border Medical Care: A Legal View, Health Care Across US-Mexico Border: A Two-Way Street, and NAFTA, Work Comp and Cross-Border Medical Care: A Legal View: Update.
The future of medical care on this planet will not be confined to any one national border. Jet travel has made that impossible, and research currently conducted by the US government on scram-jet technology will make it even more so, as you will be able to fly from New York to London in one hour’s time, and travel to many other parts of the world in under four hours.
Antiquated state workers’ comp laws and statutes and conservative mindsets are only slowing the inevitable. For real change to occur in the general health care, and in workers’ comp in particular, medical travel outside the borders of the US must become reality. It cannot just be the province of a few wealthy and affluent patients who take medical vacations abroad.
This is one planet, and we all live on it, so the benefits of life here belong to all of us, not just to one class. Those who attack my idea are short-sighted, narrow-minded, bigoted, and paternalistic. And you know who you are. So get with the program, or get out of the way.
I am willing to work with any broker, carrier, or employer interested in saving money on expensive surgeries, and to provide the best care for their injured workers or their client’s employees.
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