Dec 1, 2018 - Technology

Report: More people are taking Ubers over ambulances to the hospital

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An Uber car alongside a taxi. Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

Fewer people are taking ambulance rides to the hospital nationwide because more patients are opting to use ride share services such as Lyft and Uber that come with substantially lower costs, NBC News Bay Area reports.

The big picture: There has been a 7% dip in ambulance calls since Uber hit the market in major U.S. cities between 2013 and 2015 according to an analysis by David Slusky, an assistant professor in Kansas University's department of economics, and Leon Moskatel from the department of medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

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