Uber driver checking phone Uber and Lyft both have specific operations in place to provide rides to patients that are covered by third-party payers–Uber has agreements with more than 1,000 health care organizations.

Uber and Lyft, the tremendously popular ride-hailing services that in recent years have disrupted the taxi business, hope to make big bucks by providing health care organizations, such as insurers, hospitals or public health programs.

Much of the country’s health care spending is focused on delivering care to people who face transportation challenges. Many of them, due to advanced age or disabilities, cannot drive themselves to appointments. They struggle to get to and from check-ups, to pick up prescriptions and to receive other types of critical medical care.

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