You would probably tip a cab or limo driver, but probably not your ambulance driver. What about the driver of your non-emergency medical transportation vehicle? Would you tip that person? We’ll answer that question and some other frequently asked questions in this article.
Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) in Tacoma, WA is a service that allows people to receive medical treatment, even if they lack the means or ability to transport themselves. Despite being a required Medicaid benefit, NEMT services leave many people with questions, including whether to tip their NEMT driver.
Do you offer door-to-door service?
Absolutely! At Around the Sound, we understand the needs of our patients, and we ensure we meet them at their door and escort them to the door of the requested location with courtesy and compassion throughout the process.
How many drivers will come to pick me up?
Usually there will be two people sent out to help you: one person to drive, and one person to sit in the back with you and make sure you’re comfortable and to help you if you need anything. If necessary, up to five people can be sent to pick you up.
Are your drivers medically trained?
Yes. At Around the Sound, all our drivers and assistants are certified in CPR, first aid, bloodborne pathogens, passenger assistance and defensive driving.
Will the vehicle be wheelchair accessible?
All of our vehicles are required by law to be wheelchair accessible. Our vehicles at Around the Sound will also be gurney, walker and scooter accessible in order to handle all types of patient needs.
Do you only offer transportation for medical needs?
No. At Around the Sound, we can provide transportation in Tacoma, WA for events like weddings, sporting events or galas, as well as taking you to and from the airport. We understand that there’s more to your life than simply going to doctor’s appointments, and we want to help you experience as much of that life as you can.
Do you offer long-distance transportation?
Not only do we offer it, but at Around the Sound, we specialize in long-distance non-emergency medical transportation.
Rather than taking an ambulance a long distance (which can be extremely costly) or being forced to use air travel (which can be difficult for someone with special needs), we at Around the Sound are proud to offer a more cost-effective way to travel long distances to attend to medical needs.
Should I tip my NEMT driver?
In the same vein as your doctor, you certainly aren’t required to tip your NEMT driver, and there is no expectation that you will.
But with that being said, if you can afford it, and you are pleased with the service you’ve received, giving a standard tip to your NEMT driver would surely be much appreciated.
Call to schedule transportation today
Hopefully, this article has answered some of your questions about non-emergency medical transportation in Tacoma, WA. If you have any other questions or would like to arrange future NEMT services, give Around the Sound a call. Our drivers are knowledgeable and experienced, and are committed to providing high-quality service and treating those they serve with the utmost kindness and care.
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