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Did UberX Reduce Ambulance Volume?

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  • Leon S. Moskatel

    (Department of Medicine, Scripps Mercy Hospital;)

  • David J.G. Slusky

    (Department of Economics, The University of Kansas;)

Abstract

Ambulances are a vital part of emergency medical services. However, they come in single, homogeneous, 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 leveraging that UberX enter markets sporadically over multiple years, we find that UberX entry reduced the per capital ambulance volume by at least 7%. Our result is robust to numerous specifications.

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  • Leon S. Moskatel & David J.G. Slusky, 2017. "Did UberX Reduce Ambulance Volume?," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 201708, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2017.
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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

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    1. Charles Courtemanche & Andrew Friedson & Daniel I. Rees, 2018. "Ambulance Utilization in New York City after the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act," NBER Working Papers 24480, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Keywords

    Uber; Ambulances; Emergencies;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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