In fact, every year, 3.6 million Americans miss doctor's appointments or delay medical care because they have no way of getting there.
An Uber waits for a client in New York City.
Uber Health will also have some other issues to address for its new services, such as whether or not it will be equipped to transport patients with disabilities.
Uber said more than 100 hospitals, clinics and other healthcare centres had already signed up to the beta version of Uber Health. Uber is not charging a fee to use the service.
Uber is driving deeper into health care by offering to take patients in every US market where it operates to their next medical appointment.
To its increasingly diverse array of services, Uber is adding Uber Health - a non-emergency ride service that lets healthcare providers schedule rides for patients.
Uber has been piloting its health service since last summer. According to Uber Health's About page, Uber has been looking into capitalizing on the market for health transportation since July of previous year. The passenger is alerted by text or phone call with trip details.More news: China delays United States bid to blacklist ships, firms over N Korea
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"This is something that you don't have to have a smartphone to use it, you don't even have to have a cellphone at all, so that opens up the world of Uber to a much broader group of people".
Chris Weber, General Manager of Uber Health, said in a statement to The Verge, "We built this service from the ground-up in a fully HIPAA-compliant technology stack.It was architected from Day One".
Uber's competitor Lyft also has several partnerships with healthcare organizations.
Uber says it's a way to help provide reliable, comfortable transportation for those needing medical assistance. For caregivers and health organisations, there will be a single dashboard interface to schedule rides along with an option of follow-up appointments, in case the person is still at a healthcare facility.
Even as the ride-hailing company tightens its grip on all forms of transportation, don't expect this to lead to Uber-branded ambulances in the near future.
Then, of course, there are the patients who never enter an ambulance at all-and, consequently, don't get to the doctor's office or hospital and don't receive care. Now, that same dashboard is publicly available everywhere in the US.
Spokesperson Laura Murray said the insurer found that covering transportation expenses helps patients keep regular appointments and preventive care visits, which can include things like flu shots or checkups.