Once celebrated for their ingenuity in disrupting the public transportation industry, Uber and Lyft have simultaneously been working on something else: expanding their reach into the multi-trillion dollar healthcare market.
Both Lyft and Uber have been diversifying their healthcare related offerings in unique and creative ways. Most notably, both companies pledged their support towards vaccine access during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In December of last year when the vaccines were first released, Lyft announced a bold initiative, in conjunction with JPMorgan Chase, Anthem Inc., and United Way: “In a normal year, more than 5.8M Americans delay or miss medical care due to a lack of transportation. As we all know, this is not a normal year. COVID-19 has amplified transportation insecurity, especially for seniors and vulnerable communities. That’s why we’re mobilizing a coalition of partners with a goal to provide 60 million rides to and from vaccination sites for low-income, uninsured, and at-risk communities, when the vaccine becomes available.” As John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President of Lyft explained: “This is an opportunity to use our collective strength to mobilize on a massive scale and serve our communities. We cannot let lack of transportation be a factor in determining whether people have access to healthcare.”
Similarly, Uber partnered with the White House in an effort to get more Americans vaccinated: “Not having transportation shouldn’t be a barrier to vaccination, which is why we announced with the White House that Uber would offer free rides to all Americans going to get vaccinated […] We are proud to work with the White House to help achieve this goal and make it as easy as possible for all Americans to get vaccinated. We’ve built a new easy-to-use in-app experience, integrating vaccines.gov data directly into the Uber app, where users will be able to find nearby available vaccines from tens of thousands of local providers, in addition to information about supply and manufacturers at each location. We will be providing free rides (up to $25 each) for each leg of the trip so people can easily get to and from both shots.”
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