The Flying doctors
The Flying doctors is founded in 1928, they are the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and they provide health care and emergency services to victims of illness or accident, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The RFDS “waiting room” is the vast Australian Outbreak, which is almost the size of the United States, “This is real Australian,” explained Dr. David Wilkinson. “We’re out here hundreds from anywhere, working with good, strong, hard people, and we provide them with the kind of service they deserve.” “For me, this is the real world, “ he added. “Real medicine”.
Not like a normal flight
There are no security checks, because passengers are often unconscious. In-flight meals tend to be liquid, usually a saline drip. The Flying Doctors work in teams of three: a doctor, a nurse and a pilot. They often fly a thousand miles for one house call.
The patients pay nothing – even thought it costs up to 900 dollars per hour to make these house calls. Equipment and salaries come from government grants and private donations.
Life and death
It was a life-or-death case for Jesse Lightburn. When she was just 18 months old, she touched a 240-volt power line, and her heart stopped. “Jess would not bea live today if they had not been there to fly us out, “ said her mother, Sally Lightburn. “We couldn’t live without the Flying Doctors out here, “Lightburn said. “They’re everything to us. They’re both our doctors and our emergency service.