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Did UberX reduce ambulance volume?

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  • Leon Moskatel
  • David Slusky

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Ambulances are a vital part of emergency medical services. However, they come in single, high intervention form, which is at times unnecessary, resulting in excessive costs for patients and insurers. In this paper, we ask whether UberX's entry into a city caused substitution away from traditional ambulances for low‐risk patients, reducing overall volume. Using a city‐panel over‐time and leverage that UberX enter markets sporadically over multiple years, we find that UberX entry reduced the per capita ambulance volume by at least 6.7%. Our result is robust to numerous specifications.

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  • Leon Moskatel & David Slusky, 2019. "Did UberX reduce ambulance volume?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(7), pages 817-829, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:28:y:2019:i:7:p:817-829
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.3888
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    1. Uber, Lyft and the Urgency of Saving Money on Ambulances
      by ? in The Incidental Economist on 2018-10-03 11:00:00
    2. With No Legal Guardrails for Patients, Ambulances Drive Surprise Medical Billing
      by ? in Physician's Weekly on 2020-09-15 04:04:04
    3. Chris Sampson’s journal round-up for 12th August 2019
      by Chris Sampson in The Academic Health Economists' Blog on 2019-08-12 11:00:31

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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • L91 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Transportation: General

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