First the cold, hard facts: There are none. This is anecdotal. Those who love burying their heads in academic peer-reviewed articles that are fastidiously sourced might want to stop here. For the rest of us—we who savor a good story and relish gossip as one of our guilty pleasures—get this: More people appear to be taking Uber to the hospital these days, according to STAT.
If you want to know, just ask the drivers for Uber and Lyft. “In an online chatroom for Uber drivers, dozens of posters share experiences with passengers who hail a ride with bloody cuts, asthma, anaphylaxis, or broken bones,” STAT reports.
Even though ambulances are a safer way to get to a hospital, there are some benefits to using Uber and Lyft, including being able to choose exactly what hospital you want to go to, and Uber and Lyft keep to their strict schedules, for the most part. When the Uber driver says he or she will be there at a certain time, it’s safe bet that deadline will be met. And if the driver runs behind, he or she will call the customer to let him know.
Human kindness is not always overflowing, though, when it comes to Uber and Lyft drivers, as STAT reports. On one web forum for drivers, some of them “shared stories of refusing passengers who looked like they needed emergency medical care. They cited reasons like not wanting to get blood on their car seats, or to be stuck with a dead body in their car.”
Officially, Uber wants no parts. Uber spokesperson Brooke Anderson tells STAT: “It’s important to note that Uber is not a substitute for law enforcement or medical professionals. In the event of any medical emergency, we encourage people to call 911.”