TimTaylor wrote: 3Dreaming wrote:
vespadaddy wrote: Anyway, now I'm good for 2 years, and then will need to decide if I want to see the AME again, or go basic med.
If you are over 40, it is less expensive to do BasicMed instead of the third class physicals. If you are under 40 the third class physical is the way to go.
I would never advise anyone to get an FAA physical unless they needed to. Why take the risk of failing and getting grounded for life? Unknown health issues can show up at any age. If you do it as part of your normal health screening, there is a good chance your insurance will cover it, depending on your policy. I think most people have a physical more often than every four years, so there is no added cost at all.
I would be surprised if men in the 50 and under age group, unless they have a known medical condition, get a physical on any sort of regular basis, unless it is required for some reason (flight, DOT, work, or sports). And more so for the 40 and under group. I think women do a better job of getting regular physicals.
Our local AME put together a safety seminar presentation on BasicMed. It was his opinion that for the 40 and under group the getting a FAA medical was a better choice.
Our AME practices in a clinic, but does flight physicals and BasicMed exams as an individual at the end of office hours. It is not coded or billed in a way that it can be turned into insurance. If you have an AME that can code it for insurance billing that is great, but I am not sure that is the norm.