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How MedjetAssist is different than travel insurance

June 2, 2014


John Gobbels, the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President and transport expert for MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program for travelers including college students once again joins eHealth Radio and the Travel Health Care Information Channel.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest John Gobbels discuss the following:

  • What is MedjetAssist, and how is it different from travel insurance?
  • Without a Medjet membership, what is the average cost range that travelers face when transported from across the globe to their hometown hospital?
  • Can you briefly describe the various types of memberships that Medjet offers, and what is the price range?
  • When it comes to transports, what are the different kinds of medical emergencies or mishaps that Medjet has serviced?
  • With this month and next month being graduation season, how can college graduates benefit from a Medjet membership if they’re planning to take a big trip over the next few months? Would a short-term membership be appropriate? And for families traveling with kids in tow this summer, what is the best type of Medjet membership they should invest in?

Duration: 9:04

John Gobbels brings over 23 years of pre-hospital and hospital service and management experience to his role as vice president and COO of MedjetAssist. Since joining the premier medical evacuation membership program in 2006 as director of transport operations, Mr. Gobbels has been responsible for complete oversight of all transport and repatriation operations.



Before moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Medjet’s headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Gobbels spent 13 years with STAT MedEvac, the air ambulance arm of the renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During his tenure, he played integral roles in almost all aspects of the program, from base operations to communications and clinical operations.

For six years Mr. Gobbels served as clinical director of STAT MedEvac, overseeing compliance with the Commission on Air-Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), as well as the continuing education requirements for all clinical staff. Previously, he was a flight nurse and paramedic. Mr. Gobbels began his career with UPMC in 1991 as a critical care nurse.

Mr. Gobbels holds a Masters degree in Management and Information Technology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA., as well as multiple degrees in health care.


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