A new study has shown that Uber is directly affecting ambulances. Two researchers, David Slusky and Dr. Leon Moskatel found that from 2013 to 2015 across 766 US cities that ambulance usage dropped 7% because of the car service.
People are calling Uber to be taken to the emergency room instead of ambulances. https://t.co/qPw67pAeI9
— deray (@deray) December 14, 2017
They predict the percentage will drop even more anywhere from 10% to 15%. Uber has spoken out saying that their car service isn’t a substitute for an ambulance, but that doesn’t stop users from calling an Uber anyways.
And it makes sense why someone would call an Uber and not an ambulance because ambulances are expensive.
$10 Uber ride >>>>>>>>> $3K for an ambulance. https://t.co/x5YqtUfGEr
— Bath & Bella Works 🚿🕯🛁 (@brownandbella) December 14, 2017
Even if you have insurance ambulance rides can cost a ton. But if you do call an ambulance there will be EMT’s on board ready to help you right then and there.
LMAO I said the same thing. With or without insurance shit is expensive
— kam (@KampagnePapi) December 15, 2017
I get trying to save some money, but if it’s a life or death emergency, call an ambulance.