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Uber, Lyft try solving one of medicine's biggest problems: getting people to appointments

Uber, Lyft try solving one of medicine's biggest problems: getting people to appointments

Ride-sharing companies have plunged into the health care business, seeing a big opportunity in ferrying the 3.6 million people who miss medical appointments each year to their doctors' offices.

On Thursday, Uber announced the public launch of Uber Health, a dashboard that will allow health care providers to schedule rides for patients. Lyft has crafted a number of partnerships over the past few years, working with health insurers, hospital systems and medical transport services to help patients get to and from medical care, in non-emergency situations.

No-show patients are a real problem in medicine, but it's far from clear ride-sharing services scheduled by providers are...

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