Woman Dies After Medics Assumed She Couldn’t Afford Ambulance

… accounted for nearly half the city’s 911 calls in 2015, according to a report released in February.

“In our research, we found that many of these calls did not require an ambulance,” said District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department spokesperson Doug Buchanan. In fact, he added, it would be better if more people used ride-hailing services instead of an ambulance.

“We would love our residents to take that initiative,” he said.

Operators would route medical emergency calls to triage nurses, who would then determine whether the situation calls for an ambulance, a ride-hailing service, or something else altogether. It’s unclear whether drivers would get any special training for transporting such passengers.

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