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MedjetAssist provides peace of mind and benefits all types of travelers

January 27, 2013


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

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest John Gobbels discuss the following:

  • Explain in layman’s terms what exactly MedjetAssist is and how it differs from basic travel insurance?
  • Without a membership program like MedjetAssist, on average, how much do travelers face in transfer costs to get from wherever they fall sick or injured to their home?
  • As 2013 kicks off and consumers start booking travel plans (whether a skiing in Aspen with friends, a Caribbean cruise with the family, or a business trip to Europe), how can MedjetAssist provide peace of mind and benefit all types of travelers?
  • What are some examples of compelling transport stories that MedjetAssist has successfully handled this past year? Just name some examples of injury or illness type (e.g., broken bones, cardiac problems, etc.)
  • Is there one region in particular where MedjetAssist finds the bulk of its transports concentrated, or is it really spread out all over the world?
  • Explain a little about the new MedjetAssist Ski Enthusiast Membership. What are the details and how can skiers benefit from this offer?


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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