BALTIMORE (WJZ) — More people appear to be calling an Uber instead of an ambulance for rides to the hospital, according to a recent study.

The University of Kansas study examined ambulance rates in more than 750 U.S. cities. Since the ride-sharing company was introduced in those areas, ambulance usage rates declined by at least 7 percent between 2013 and 2015, according to the study.

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David Slusky, University of Kansas assistant professor of economics, and co-author Leon Moskatel, an internist at San Diego’s Scripps Mercy Hospital, report Uber may be more appealing because of the high costs associated with ambulance rides.

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Read the full study here.

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