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The unexpected happens every day.

Be it an accident while hiking or a medical complication while in a small town, patients who experience a medical emergency outside a metropolitan area face an increased risk to their survival. And for many of these patients, the emergency air medical bill can be pricey, even with medical insurance.

Enter Airlift Northwest.

With an Airlift Northwest membership, you can be confident that wherever you or your loved ones are, you will have access to timely critical care — without a surprising, expensive bill for your transport.

What does the membership include?

As an Airlift Northwest member, you are covered by Airlift’s eight bases, strategically located throughout Washington and Southeast Alaska. Airlift Northwest can quickly dispatch an aircraft and a highly educated and experienced critical care team, bringing the ICU to your side, no matter where you are.

Our team of flight nurses has expertise in treating pediatric and neonates, so patients of all ages will receive expert care. The team will keep you stable while they fly you to the closest hospital that is equipped to meet your medical needs and can even do blood transfusions in the air.

Membership covers you, your spouse or domestic partner, and dependents you claim on your income tax return. Adults 65 and older and disabled family members living in the same household can also be covered.

Open enrollment is available through Nov. 30, though the membership discount of $48 per year is available to UW Medicine employees year-round. Members will not incur out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary emergent flights if flown by Airlift Northwest.

If I live near a hospital, do I still need this membership?

Even if you live in a metropolitan area or near a hospital, enrolling in an Airlift Northwest membership can still be essential. If you or your family members are at increased risk for a medical emergency or do any of the following, you should consider a membership with Airlift Northwest.

  • Hiking
  • Riding a motorcycle
  • Hunting or fishing
  • Camping
  • Road tripping
  • Biking
  • Snow sports
  • Extreme sports

Enroll in an Airlift Northwest membership.