The Medical Emergency Travel Assistance (META) is a service provided by Methodist Healthcare of San Antonio, to U.S. travelers abroad and residents in other countries needing an emergency medical transport to our world class acute-care hospitals.  For medical transports within the U.S., please visit Methodist AirCare

In an emergency time is critical. In order to respond immediately to medical emergencies, Methodist Healthcare has a protocol that can be activated by placing one phone call. When the phone call is received an air ambulance can be arranged, the appropriate specialist notified, and hospital admissions secured.

Methodist Healthcare partners with air ambulance companies to provide this service.  Place a call to any of these companies to set the transport in motion.


Air Transport Providers:


U.S.: 1-866-945-8959

International: 001-866-945-8959



U.S.: 1-888-673-7427

International: 52-333-629-8700


Air Ambulance 1

U.S.: 1-800-424-9000

International: 01-800-681-6979


META provides the following services:

  • One call program activation
  • Medical Emergency Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Air ambulance service
  • Physician specialist secured
  • Hospital admission secured
  • Visit by international department
  • Care package
  • Follow up with air ambulance company
  • Follow up with referring physician

Tips for you and your emergency contact before you travel:

  • Let your family and friends know where you will be in case they are contacted for an emergency.
  • Take your insurance card and leave a copy with your family or friends.
  • Take a list of the medicines that you take and leave a copy with your family or friends.
  • Take a list of your allergies and leave a copy with your family or friends.
  • Save all the following telephone numbers to your cell phone and give them to your family and friends:
    AirMedical: - 1-866-945-8959 or 001-866-945-8959 
    AirLink: - 1-888-673-7427 or 52-333-629-8700
    Air Ambulance: - 1-800-424-9000 or 01-800-681 6979
  • Leave a copy of your ID with family and friends.
  • Leave a signed power of attorney with your family doctor and family.
  • Let your credit card company know where and how long you will be out of town.
  • Let your medical insurance know where and how long you will be out of town.
  • Check your international medical coverage and emergency medical transport coverage.
Travel Tips