A turnkey, fully equipped at advanced life-saving level Medical Ambulance Bus (MAB) costs between $500,000 and $1,000,000 per unit depending on the medical equipment required. Typically, these types of specialized, turnkey vehicles can handle between 18 and 24 patients at a time. Staffing costs may run between $100,000 to $250,000 annually for four or more full-time EMTs.
By leveraging surplus or end of service school or metro buses, and using an AmbuBus conversion kit, a community can have a vehicle that can transport up to 18 non-critical patients for under $50,000.
The organization can often borrow the vehicles for temporary use or buy them for a nominal amount from the school or transportation district. They then purchase one or more AmbuBus conversion kits which cost between $45,000 to $50,000. Once assembled, which takes two people about two hours, the converted AmbuBus can carry up to 18 non-critical patients, two or more EMTs, and medical supplies.