We use Uber to get to the movies, to that new restaurant that just opened downtown, and home from a bad first date. But now the ride-sharing company is introducing the coolest feature of all: free rides to and from the doctor.
According to the Community Transportation Association, 3.6 million Americans miss doctor appointments due to a lack of reliable transportation every year. Looking to slash that number is Uber, which just introduced Uber Health, apartnership with healthcare organizations aimed at providing reliable, comfortable transportation for patients.
Per a press release, the service allows healthcare professionals to order rides for patients going to and from the care they need. Once the ride is completed, the organization (meaning the doctor's office or the hospital) will be billed, not the patient.
To get a ride via Uber Health, patients don't need to have the Uber app (or even an iPhone): Everything is arranged through text messages. And don't worry about privacy. The new service is compliant with HIPAA, the medical-privacy law. Uber Health’s data is kept separate from the rest of Uber’s data, and only a handful of employees are given access.
The doctor will see you now. (Well, after Jamie picks you up in his black Toyota Camry.)