If you've ever had to go to the emergency room, you'll know that healthcare in the United States is a lot more expensive than in other nations around the world. In the United States, a broken arm can set you back more than $1,200 if you have a high deductible health plan, and even higher if you're uninsured. In Sweden, it's $45.
And one of the most expensive aspects of an emergency trip to the hospital can be the ride there. Some people have been charged as much as $1,700 for a 15-minute trip in an ambulance.
It makes sense then why more and more people are using an Uber rather than an ambulance. A research paper released Wednesday studied the effects of Uber on ambulance usage rates in 766 U.S. cities in 43 states between 2013 and 3015. The results probably won't surprise you.