New Uber initiative may make it easier for seniors to access healthcare

New Uber initiative may make it easier for seniors to access healthcare

New Uber initiative may make it easier for seniors to access healthcare

Uber is trying to solve a problem, apparently missed doctors' appointments cost around $150 billion each year and that 3.6 million Americans miss appointments because of transportation issues.

On Thursday, Uber launched Uber Health, in which the company partners with healthcare organizations to shuttle patients to and from the doctor's office. "People who use wheelchairs and use UberWAV must contend with missed appointments, being late for events and other stress and inconvenience", the lawsuit said, according to The New York Times. The European Union's top court has ruled on Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017 that ride-hailing service Uber should be regulated like a taxi company, a decision that could change the way it functions across the continent.

Last April, reporting by outlets such as Stat indicated that people are opting to use Uber and other ride sharing services in place of an ambulance, which in extreme cases, can cost thousands of dollars.

Uber is driving deeper into health care by offering to take patients in every US market where it operates to their next medical appointment. Uber has thus teamed up with healthcare organizations to provide reliable transportation for patients.

"At this point, owning a smartphone is a barrier to entry to be able to use the Uber ecosystem".

The company said it was also planning to introduce an option to receive details via a phone call to a mobile or landline.

Whorley, who has been driving for Uber for more than two years, is more skeptical about picking up people without smartphones.

"For many, their first ever Uber ride will be through Uber Health, so we're committed to providing the necessary education tools that ensure every patient feels comfortable and at ease during their journey", Weber said.

Healthcare professionals can sign their organization up with Uber Health right now via its official website.

"Uber is already where the patient lives", he said.

Even as the ride-hailing company tightens its grip on all forms of transportation, don't expect this to lead to Uber-branded ambulances in the near future. The team claims 3.6 million Americans miss doctor appointments each year due to unreliable transportation, while no-show rates in some corners of the U.S. could be up to 30%.

Uber Health is now available where ever Uber is available in the U.S.

As the name suggests, Uber Health is all about getting customers to their medical appointments.

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