Supervisors face options for AirEvac services

Published 11:44 am Monday, October 2, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — David Clanton with the Global Medical Response presented a proposal to the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors in a regularly scheduled meeting Monday. Clanton is the second representative to present Air Medical Evacuation services to the board since September. 

Brian Taylor with PHI Air Medical spoke to the board in a meeting on September 5. He told the board a $90,643 membership paid by the county would allow any Lincoln County resident to have a free medical ride if they needed it. District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown and Lincoln County Administrator Daniel Calcote told Taylor they wanted to hear more from King’s Daughter Medical Center and other neighboring counties on what they have done. 

Global Medical Response is the AirEvac company used by Pike County and several other counties in South Mississippi. The counties have formed a partnership where if a resident is in the region of coverage, their flight doesn’t cost anything. 

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Global Medical Response offers a full membership where a household pays $45 to $55 a year in addition to Lincoln County’s proposed membership payment of $150,000. The full membership means a member does not have to be insured nor do they have to be in Lincoln County when picked up by GMR to get the free transportation. Neither PHI or GMR’s memberships reciprocate. 

Both companies seek to eliminate the financial burden on customers and physicians when they are making decisions.

Lincoln County’s Supervisors suggested a partnership with Brookhaven to help split the costs of the air evacuation services. No action was taken.