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3 days ago by jhill5
Uber reduces ambulance usage across the country, study says • Mercury News
Tracy Seipel:
<p>In what is believed to be the first study to measure the impact of Uber and other ride-booking services on the U.S. ambulance business, two researchers have concluded that ambulance usage is dropping across the country.

A <a href="http://www2.ku.edu/~kuwpaper/2017Papers/201708.pdf">research paper released Wednesday</a> examined ambulance usage rates in 766 U.S. cities in 43 states as Uber entered their markets from 2013 to 2015.

Co-authors David Slusky, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Kansas, and Dr. Leon Moskatel, an internist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, said they believe their study is the first to explain a trend that until now has only been discussed anecdotally.

Comparing ambulance volumes before and after Uber became available in each city, the two men found that the ambulance usage rate dipped significantly.

Slusky said after using different methodologies to obtain the “most conservative” decline in ambulance usage, the researchers calculated the drop to be “at least” 7%.

“My guess is it will go up a little bit and stabilize at 10% to 15% as Uber continues to expand as an alternative for people,’’ Moskatel said.</p>


Here's the kicker for Britons saying "huh? Ambulances are free though":
<p>Slusky added, with health care taking a big chunk out of most people’s budgets, many consumers these days have to weigh a few factors before calling an ambulance. “They have to think about their health — and what it’s going to cost me,” he said. “And for many of us with high-deductible plans, an ambulance ride would cost thousands of dollars."</p>
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3 days ago by charlesarthur
Artificial Intelligence is Probably Safe – Towards Data Science
Even though we will eventually all be killed by the heat death of the universe (10^100 years from now), there are more immediate problems to think about. There is the death of the sun (5 billion…
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4 days ago by automationeye
Uber’s Credit Card Is Bankrupting Restaurants… and It’s All Your Fault
The author posits that Uber’s credit card is aiming to gather restaurant trend data, to pair with its rider data to give it sufficient insight to dig its talons further into the industry, which could take on many forms including but not limited to “ghost restaurants” operates out of e.g. bars that only exist as brands for delivery purposes. Uber has denied it will access spending data in this manner but still an interesting read.
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