Start a Medical Transportation Business

If you want to start a medical transportation business, you will need to begin with a business plan. Competition is not tough because most local business owners think that it’s the job of ambulance.

In this type of business, you will be handling non-emergency situations like hospital visits or check ups.

The Idea to Start a Medical Transportation Business

Very few entrepreneurs think of starting a medical transportation business. There are more profitable business opportunities out there that you can enter into but if you have the passion to care for the disabled, the elderly, and the ‘slow’ people, this is a great way to serve them. Anyone who is in need of medical assistance can turn to your business instead of getting a taxi or an ambulance. It’s typical to deal with individuals in stretchers, armchairs, cane, etc. A medical transportation can’t act like an ambulance and it is primarily used for non-emergency situations.

When you open this kind of business, you can’t expect a very high profit margin. If you can be satisfied with 25% to 30% profit, this type of business can meet your needs and requirements. The lower profit margin is due to the every increasing gas prices and insurance. Now, this will still depend on your location or the place where you conduct your business. In the US, you can expect many customers because the Baby Boomers are already in their late 40s and 60s. You will be primarily catering to this population as well as the younger ones who need assistance.

Begin with a Medical Transportation Business Plan

More and more people need to go for hospital visits or check ups and getting a cab is not always flexible. With the medical transportation business, your clients will call you up and they will just wait for you at home. When you arrive, that’s the only time when they will go to their appointments. Like any other type of business, you will need to begin with a business plan. The plan will cover the marketing analysis. Competition is not that touch since not many business owners think of this type of service. They often think that it’s like ambulance service.

Since most people are not educated about this service, your business plan should include a comprehensive list of the most effective methods of advertising. You will need to educate your clients if you want to earn profit from this type of business. It would also be a great idea to maintain an online business site so that those who are too busy can still contact you with ease. You can start with a home-based business but you need to have a separate phone line for the business and of course, the vehicle. You have to purchase a vehicle that you can use with ease that will also bring comfort to your clients.


  • Stephans MM Ramabu said on May 15, 2010
    I have been thinking of getting into this line of business since 7 years ago. I even registered a company but I have not applied for license because as you rightly put it, it is a rare idea and in my country for one to get a license to operate any business they require a business plan. I have the plan but I was reluctant to hand it over to the authorities for fear of my idea being stolen. Now after you highlighted the core area and the message about the business, I am going to go ahead and do it. At the moment I am outside my home country and doing advanced healthcare course which will enhance my motivation to pursue this business even more. Thank you so much for giving me the assurance about this rare business idea.
  • ben said on May 19, 2010
    where can i find the requirements to start this business such as the type of car and the features it needs to have and all the other things that i must have before i can start
  • laure said on May 19, 2010
    could you please give me some more information on licensing, permits etc. for my area (NJ). Do you have an idea of the startup costs, insurance and liability and how to charge for the services? thank you!
  • Alex said on May 27, 2010
    Hi I am Alex. Please help me to find all the requirements for this business. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Mike said on July 28, 2010
    I want to start Medical transportation business in Atlanta, Georgia. Can someone please let me know that what kind of license I need and what is the other procedure to open this business.
  • Dena DeVine said on August 20, 2010
    How do I get started and what are the requirements for lithonia Georgia/Atlanta Ga. what are the requirements.
  • nancy said on September 23, 2010
    What kind of license requirements in MN and what is the reimbursement rate?? Per mile and is that determined by the state???
  • Sarah said on October 5, 2010
    Houston, TX, USA. What licenses are required to start non-emergency medical transportation service in Houston, TX?
  • Janelle said on October 28, 2010
    Hello, I want to start a non-emergency medical transportation business in Baton Rouge, LA. I would like to know exactly how to get started as well as any and all information on appropriate license, start up costs, proper insurance, as well as specific type of recommended vehicle to choose from. Thank you.
  • michele said on December 16, 2010
    what would i need to start this business in Decatur, ga. 30035
  • Jabar said on December 19, 2010
    what kind of licenses do i need and how do i get the clients (Detroit, Mi)
  • Curtis Sumpter said on December 20, 2010
    What I need to know and do to get started in Michigan ?
  • efrem said on January 3, 2011
    how can i start non emergency medical transportation in houston, texas? & what kind vehicle should i have to have to this business?
  • Lilia Pagan said on January 9, 2011
    San Juan, Puerto Rico - I am looking for information on how to charge the services. Help. 787-314-7391
  • Michael said on January 15, 2011
    How and what is needed to start a non emergency medical transportation business in Savannah,GA.
  • Gene Smith said on January 27, 2011
    Hi i am interested in starting one emergency business in monticello ga. I have used this service in the past and i think it is a wonderful service. I need to know where to get any information on how to start and where to get license's to start.
  • abdifatah said on February 2, 2011
    could you please tell me how to start medical trans in arizona and what kind of business license required ..i all ready have wheelchair fan which i can be able to start business i need to know the thing i need to do thankz
  • Patricia Vigil said on February 3, 2011
    Hi I want to know all the requirements i need to comply with in Union City nj 07087. I am assuming you need special insurance, but are there any other type of licenses
  • Awale Tahiro said on February 14, 2011
    I have taxi business in Mineasota for 6 years I want to start medical transportation i dont know where i will get the business if you now please help me out thanks
  • Leon Pinkston said on March 8, 2011
    Please tell me the requirements to start a non-emergency transportation company in Raleigh North Carolina.
  • James expert adviser said on March 8, 2011
    @Leon Pinkston, Your first requirement will be vehicles obviously so you need to secure loan for buying them. If you are planning for advance assistance services like wheelchair, stretcher then you got to match up with cab company's requirement as well. Need to register your business with government, Apply for the transportation license, Get approval from state medical office, you also need to insurance everything.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • nick vogiazithakis said on May 16, 2011
    Hey, I've always wanted to start this business due to the fact my close family members are doctors and nurses. I'm in NJ what are the licenses that are required, start up cost, insurances rates, etc....
  • Chris said on May 18, 2011
    Where in Louisiana can I get auto insurance to operate at NEMT and any idea of the cost?
  • DEBRA COLLINS said on July 13, 2011
  • Patricia Grant said on October 25, 2011
    My daughter and I have been much interested in starting a medical transportation business. We know plenty of people currently who have a hard time getting to their medical appointments. What are the requirements for the state of Missouri?
  • jeff said on November 13, 2011
    hi i'm opening a nemt company and i already know how to get all the lic, but what i would like to know is how do you determine the charges of your services, and how do you train, check backgrounds, drug testing for your employees in the state of michigan in the detroit area thank you
  • leo said on January 4, 2012
  • Chris Robles said on January 19, 2012
    I'm looking into starting a non-emergency medical transportation company. What kind of permits, licenses, certifications, etc. would I need. Also what are the requirements or how would I go about getting info? In the state of AZ.
  • Matt Fountain said on January 20, 2012
    Gordon, McIntyre, Irwinton ga 31031 wilkinson co Ga. i am located 20 miles from hospitals in macon millledgeville ga. i am very serious about starting this business i can make it work
  • Awale said on February 8, 2012
    Hi my name is Awale i have Taxi business in st paul mn i have this business for 7 years now i am looking for medical transportation so if you have any idea where i can find this transportation please let me know thanks'
  • Rachel Ero-Phillips said on February 15, 2012
    My location is mpls. mn. please email information. My address is 3632 Regent Ave. North Robbinsdale Mn. 55422. Thank you.
  • Anitra beginner adviser said on March 16, 2012
    I'm in Louisiana and have started my NEMT transportation company...the first thing you need is to go to the secretary of state website in your state. They have a portal for new business, you will need to put in the type of business then the location and it will print out the location and phone numbers of all the departments you need to contact and all the licenses you will need. The first thing is to check the state website to make sure your business name is not taken and then register your business name in Louisiana the cost is $80, then you need a FEIN number from IRS, then you need to register with workforce commission office, occupational license,etc..all of this will be in your small business packet from the state.
  • Barbara Andrews said on March 27, 2012
    I am located in Baton Rouge, LA and I would like information about starting a non-emergency medical transportation service here. What licenses will need, how to apply for a loan to get my vehicle, and how to write a business plan? In other words, I guess I need a business packet from Louisiana. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Clarence Rochelle said on April 18, 2012
    I am located in Tampa, FL I would like more information about starting a non-emergency medical transportation service here in Tampa, What licenses will I need, how do I apply and write a business plan, I guess I need a business packet. Thank you very much.
  • M Wine said on April 26, 2012
    I'm about to start NEMT business in Mennisota, What billing software do I need to use to bill to the Medical Insurances such as UCare, BlueCross, ect?
  • alison mccall said on May 6, 2012
    I would like to start a small medical transport business in NC. What information do I need and what laws do I need to be informed of. Basically, how hard is it to start a medical transport business in NC?
  • S. Barr said on May 10, 2012
    I would like to have some information on starting up a non-medical transport service in South Carolina. I would like to set-up this business to receive payment from medicaid. Is there a difference between non-medical service and ambulate service?
  • ERIC HAMILTON said on August 2, 2012
  • Willie said on August 10, 2012
    I would like to start a non emergency medical transport service in south carolina could you direct me in the right direction where to start and how would i charge for the service. thank you
  • Marsha d said on September 30, 2012
    crossville tn is this investment very profitable I am a paramedic and would like to start my own business
  • Glenn said on October 15, 2012
    Hi my name is Glenn and I to start my NEMT business in Concord, CA. Do you know where can I go to find out what type of car do I need? I know there is special requirements and I need to find out what exactly those are before buying a transportation.
  • Valarie said on October 26, 2012
    Hi my name is Valarie I would like information on starting a NEMT in Nevada.
    - what type of vehicle
    - what type of billing software is available
    - I would like to bill electronically any advice
    - how many employees
    - how about the structure is there a format
  • halima abdi said on November 29, 2012
    hi my name is halima i would like to start NEMT in nashville tn and i need to know where do i start step by step please. thank you
  • a hagi said on January 11, 2013
    Hi, My name is Abdullahi and I am interested in NEMT in Atlanta, Ga. I would like to know more about it..thanks
  • abdi awil said on February 14, 2013
    hello my name is mr abdi awil I want to start Medical transportation business in Minnesota so I need, how do I apply licenses and write a business plan.Thanks
  • rajnish bhaskar said on March 23, 2013
    i would like to start medical transportation business in deoghar , jharkhand, india. tell me the documents, license required etc.
  • Bush Ibra said on April 7, 2013
    I would like to start medical transportation business in San Antonio Texas tell me how
  • NAHIR CORDERO said on May 21, 2013
    My business location is in Hatillo, PR. My question is about healthcare plans
  • Lorine Jefferson said on June 7, 2013
    I am starting a medical transportation business in Texas. Where can I find information on licensing and contracting with the state. Also, where can I locate the startup fee?
  • Leonard Lawson said on October 9, 2013
    I'm doing research and need to determine the average cost per mile rate for non-emergency transportation providers in Puerto Rico, based on vehicle type i.e. Sedan, Paralift, Stretcher. Thank you, Leonard Lawson, MTM, Inc, Lake St. Louis, MO
  • Jacob Popoola said on October 15, 2013
    I am located in Michigan. I am totally blind to the business but very interested. What is how and the ways to get the vehicle with low cash or nothing at all?
  • rajswamy said on January 6, 2014
    hi this is raj i saw this add and am interested to do so bt am new to this business i have no idea abt this business how it works like the license, what kind of vehicle and much more if u could help me the information on this business would be appreciable thank you so much
  • Autumn Brown said on March 15, 2014
    I am located in North Port Florida and my friend and I are looking to start this business. If you could assist me and help me to design a business plan and let me know everything I need to get it started it would be greatly appreciated
  • al said on April 2, 2014
    How can i start a medical transportation business in Augusta Georgia USA
  • chris green said on May 13, 2014
    Charlotte, north Carolina , I want to start my own transportation business, medical , what do I need?
  • terry smith said on July 23, 2014
    how to start a medical transportation business in Detroit mi 48204 USA
  • julius g. kigondu said on July 31, 2014
    I live in Frederick, MD 21702. I am thinking of starting a medical transportation business. Can you provide me with a template business plan that I can use to generate my own. Does not have to be detailed; kind of road map to help me take off on the right footing. Thank you.
  • Isaiah ward said on September 10, 2014
    Denver co 720 298 7498. can you tell me what licenses I need to start my own non medical transportation business. I have a van already and I have a tax id # can you email me back thanks
  • Isaiah ward said on September 10, 2014
    Denver co united states. can you tell me what I need to do to start my own non emergency medical transportation business. I have a van and a tax id# as well
  • Kenny said on December 3, 2014
    Can someone from NY, give me the state requirements to start my own NEMT business ?
  • Eloise Noble said on January 19, 2015
    I have started to obtain something's needed to start my nemt. I am asking what type of license, vehicle qualifications, state regulations and how to bill for services. Also what's the reimbursement for the state of Arizona. Basically I need to know Arizona's rules and qualifications. I have my fed I'd # and my articles are filed.
  • layton p. said on April 27, 2015
    Interested in info on start up requirements for the nemt business in New Jersey & what state entities I can contact to further acquire current information. Thank you in advance.
  • James Butler said on June 1, 2015
    I am interested in staring a medical transport business. Where can I obtain information from to get started? Brookhaven, MS. 39601
  • lisa said on August 4, 2015
    Orlando fl. I would like to know where to call or go to start a NEMT.
  • fisha said on June 14, 2016
    Hi my name is I would like information on starting a Non medical transportation in Nevada. - what type of vehicle where can I get the license .
  • Israel said on July 2, 2016
    Hi my name is Israel. I would like information on starting a Non medical transportation in MN.
    What are the process or where to start?
    What do I need to start?
    What type of vehicle where can I get the license .
  • robi said on August 1, 2016
    I Am in CA, I am looking on starting a business in Medical transport. please tell me what license I need to check and how I can find out if this is profitable.
  • Olu said on August 16, 2016
    Hi, I'm in Minnesota and I'm planning to start a medical transportation business, please help on how to start...thanks
  • mike said on November 9, 2016
    hi I want to start my own medical transportation business in Orange County CA. but i dont know how to start.


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