“Transportation is, indeed, a barrier to good health care. Affordable access to a vehicle is consistently associated with increased access to medical care, according to a study. Around 3.6 million Americans miss doctor’s appointments or delay medical care due to a lack of transportation every year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. . .
“Uber’s Weber says that because health care providers will use their best discretion in scheduling the rides, they won’t call Ubers for people in need of urgent medical attention. “It’s not a replacement to ambulances,” he says, but a reliable means of transportation to non-urgent medical services that he hopes will curb missed appointments. . . .
“One hundred health care organizations in the U.S., including hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, senior care facilities, home care centers, and physical therapy centers have already used Uber Health’s test program. The service will be rolled out to health care organizations gradually.”