Uber to the doctor

Transportation barriers make going to the doctor for routine appointments a huge hassle, so what if healthcare providers could proactively do something to make sure patients make it to their appointments? That’s the idea behind Uber Health, an initiative which allows HCPs to schedule rides for their patients. While certain populations may not have the technical know-how to use a smartphone app to get to the doctor (think: your uncle who calls you every time he needs to find the power button on his desktop,) having the HCP schedule the service allows patients who may not even have a smartphone to use the troubled ride-sharer. NB, it’s not a replacement for ambulances, so don’t think you can skirt that $2,700, two-mile ambulance trip to the hospital when you need urgent care.