Uber, Grand Rounds partner to help employers, health plans provide free transportation to appointments

Uber Health launched a new partnership with Grand Rounds, a San Francisco-based health tech startup connecting patients to care, to provide no-cost rides to medical appointments through employee benefit programs.

Grand Rounds' network of largely self-insured members, which includes some of the nation's biggest companies, such as Comcast and Walmart, will now be able to offer employees free transportation to and from appointments. Though the rides are currently scheduled by Grand Rounds care coordinators, the companies will soon integrate the Uber interface directly into the Grand Rounds platform, allowing users to book transportation themselves.

An estimated 3.6 million people in the U.S. do not receive necessary medical care each year due to transportation issues; the partnership aims to eliminate those issues for Grand Rounds' more than 4.5 million users and connect them to high-quality care, according to Dan Trigub, head of Uber Health, the HIPAA-compliant offshoot of the popular ridesharing service.

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