Medical Care In The Air: Lufthansa’s Doctor On Board Program

Medical Care in the Air Lufthansa’s Doctor on Board Program.png

0.92min read

Published 19 March 2013


If you’ve been lucky enough not to hear a flight attendant ask, “Is there a doctor on board?” you’ve seen it on TV shows: a request is made over the PA system for professional assistance with a medical emergency. (If it’s a TV sitcom you’re watching, the doctor volunteer usually turns out to be a veterinarian.)


This situation isn’t likely to happen aboard Lufthansa aircraft. Germany’s flag carrier is a pioneer when it comes to passenger health, with its Doctors on Board program. This identifies any doctors on the plane, their seat numbers and area(s) of expertise, so flight attendants can approach them directly. The program facilitates the efficiency that is invaluable in a medical emergency.

To register, a physician completes a form, identifying fields of expertise and agrees to provide medical help when necessary. Doctors will be pleased to note that Lufthansa relieves them of any legal recourse when it comes to treating patients, through third-party insurance covered by the airline. They also receive 5,000 Miles & More points as a signing bonus (they must sign up for the Miles & More program to begin with, as the carrier stores the information and identifies the physician through this rewards program.) The Handbook of Aviation Medicine and In-flight Medical Emergencies is also provided.

The Doctor on Board program is an innovative idea from which other carriers and their passengers could benefit from; perhaps in future we’ll see more medical care in the air.

Do you need a holiday, STAT? Browse through airfare and vacation deals here. Book online or call us at 1 877 967 5302, to make sure you get the best prices.

Flight Centre

© Flight Centre Travel Group (Canada) Inc.

*Conditions apply. Prices are in CAD. All advertised prices include taxes & fees. Air travel in economy class unless otherwise stated. Package, cruise, tour, rail & hotel prices are per person, based on double occupancy for total length of stay unless otherwise stated. All-inclusive vacations include airfare on a per person basis. Prices are for select departure dates and are accurate and subject to availability at advertising deadline, errors and omissions excepted, and subject to change. Taxes & fees due in destination are additional and include, but not limited to, local car rental charges & taxes, one-way rental drop fees which are to be paid upon arrival, resort fees & charges, and airline baggage fees. Additional important conditions and supplier terms may apply. For full terms and conditions visit please speak with a Flight Centre Travel Consultant. CPBC#2790, TICO#4671384, OPC#702971.

Future Travel Credit Terms & Conditions | Green Policy | Anti-Spam Policy