Fort Worth-based MedStar Mobile Healthcare has teamed with Lyft to provide non-emergency patients with another transport option to the hospital.
The partnership between the ambulance service and ride-sharing company is one of the only ones of its kind in the country, according to D CEO Healthcare. The unique solution gives patients with low-risk conditions an alternative to the costly ambulance ride while, freeing up ambulance services for patients in greater medical need.
MEDSTAR SAYS THE ARRANGEMENT SAVES MONEY
MedStar data reports that an ambulance dispatch costs around $450, according to D CEO Healthcare.
In February, MedStar used Lyft for 38 callers, totaling about $430 for the entire month, according to NBC5.
“It doesn’t make any sense — or cents — to take the patient in the most expensive mode of transport to the most expensive facility to care for them,” Matt Zavadsky, chief strategic integration officer at MedStar, told NBC5.
Zadevsky told D CEO Healthcare, that nearly 7,200 callers with low-acuity conditions have benefited from the program since its inception.
“The patients have received more personalized care and we kept over 2,500 hours of ambulance time available for higher acuity calls,” Zadevsky said.
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