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This article talks about the cost of an ambulance ride. With ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft far cheaper and now available within minutes in many areas, it shows how a significant amount of money for non-emergency situation would be better served using an Uber or a Lyft.

1. How much was spent in the U.S. in 2011 on ambulance services?
2. According to the article, what are some of the costs and benefits of using non-ambulance services?
3. What is an example of fraud in the ambulance industry?

Frakt, A. (2018). Uber, Lyft and the Urgency of Saving Money on Ambulances. The New York Times, Oct. 1 (Retrievable online at