Frequently Asked Questions
What is Life Flight Network?
What type of medical personnel does Life Flight Network utilize?
Where are Life Flight Network bases?
What is Life Flight Network’s service area?
Does Life Flight Network provide ground-based transport?
What are Life Flight Network’s operating hours?
Who calls Life Flight Network?
What is the Life Flight Network Membership Program?
With a $65 annual membership, Life Flight Network members pay no out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary emergent flights flown by Life Flight Network or one of our reciprocal flight programs to the closest appropriate facility. Life Flight Network will accept an insurance payment (if any) as payment in full. Life Flight Network Membership benefits only cover ground ambulance transportation if completed by a Life Flight Network emergency ground ambulance. Life Flight Network Membership covers the member, their spouse or domestic partner, and dependents claimed on income tax returns. Elderly and disabled family members living in the same household can also be covered. Life Flight Network transports patients on the basis of medical need, not membership status.
To become a Life Flight Network member, please visit our Membership page.
Does Life Flight Network reciprocate Membership with other air medical programs?
What types of equipment does Life Flight Network carry on board?
What accreditations does Life Flight Network have?
What is the cost of Life Flight Network’s Air Medical Transport?
The fees charged by Life Flight Network for air transport begin at $19,993 and can exceed $100,000 for international transports. The cost for a transport is determined by many factors including distance traveled and the care provided during transport. The fees directly reflect the quality of our program through our investment in safety, the training and expertise of its mechanics, pilots, intensive care nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and EMTs, the aircraft and ground units employed, and the sophistication of the medical equipment and supplies on its aircraft and ground units.
We carry blood products on our aircraft, an expensive and life-saving resource not routinely carried at most air medical programs and carried on ground ambulances. Life Flight Network employs a full time dedicated medical director, in addition to associate medical directors to oversee the high level of quality medical care provided. Our associate medical directors provide expertise in Neonatology, Pediatric Critical Care, High-Risk Obstetrics, Traumatology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Adult Critical Care, and of course Emergency Medicine. In addition to a vast array of expertise not found in any other flight program in the Northwest, we employ other professionals similarly not found within the Northwest. For example, Life Flight Network has an in-house Flight Operations Quality Assurance Manager, an Aviation Operational Control Center separate from our Communications Center, a full-time dedicated expert in safety and risk management and many others.
Life Flight Network does not financially screen patients prior to providing emergent transport. When we transport a patient under medically necessary and emergent conditions we have no idea if we’ll be paid at all. Healthcare in general is expensive. Add in the cost of aviation services and you have two service lines that are the most regulated, most expensive in our country.
What types of financial assistance does Life Flight Network offer?
Is Life Flight Network a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization?
No. Oftentimes people confuse not-for-profit with tax exempt. While they sometimes go together they are not the same thing. Life Flight Network Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Life Flight Network Foundation), Life Flight Network, LLC is an Oregon limited liability company, which operates its transport program on a not-for-profit basis. It is accurate to refer to Life Flight Network as a not-for-profit program because of the nature of its ownership and structure.
There are no private shareholders or owners in Life Flight Network. Unlike for-profit companies with private shareholders, no individual owners or for-profit corporations receive a share of any profits generated by Life Flight Network. Life Flight Network’s mission is to promote the health, welfare, and wellness of the communities it serves and to further the charitable, religious, scientific and educational purposes of its member organizations.
The owners of Life Flight Network (Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health & Services) are all non-profit, tax-exempt entities. As an Oregon limited liability company, Life Flight Network is a “pass-through entity” for purposes of state and federal taxation. Any profits generated by the program are reinvested in the program’s equipment and staff, or passed through to its non-profit owner. Life Flight Network is exempt from real and personal property taxes in Oregon.