It was bound to happen. People prefer to take Uber to the hospital, rather than an ambulance. A recent study by the University of Kansas and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego found that ambulance usage in 766 cities around the United States is declining. The study claims there can only be one reason for that, Uber.
It makes total sense to me. If I needed to get to the hospital, I would immediately call Uber or Lyft. I am not talking about being unconscious or bleeding to death. If I wasn’t feeling well, I would rather call a ride sharing service where I could monitor the pickup time, as opposed to an ambulance that may not be in the vicinity. I want to get to the hospital in the most expeditious way.
The big bonus, in opting for the likes of an Uber or Lyft, is that you can choose exactly when you want to go to the hospital, and which hospital you want to go to. If you call an ambulance, you are at the mercy of the paramedics.
Again, this all makes perfect sense to me. However, we have to remember that Ubers and Lyfts do not come with medical professionals. That could be a matter of life and death.
Mashable covered this story as well.