Surely there are places in the UK that could copy this: Cycling Nurses Help Thwart Hospitalisation. You would think that proven cost savings would be popular with UK hospital trusts.
I love that this is good in so many ways:
- Good for the patients, they get better service at home without the stress and risks of hospital visits.
- Good for the environment (smaller hospitals, much less driving)
- Good for the nurses (exercise, more quality time with patients)
- Good for all (sustainable, human scale, community building)
- Good for the hospital (cheaper and better performance)
Extending the idea a little. There are many self employed people who work by visiting people (particularly the elderly) in their homes (hairdressers, chiropodists, cleaners). Many of these do not need to carry heavy loads or collect heavy supplies for the customer (like decorators, plumbers etc).
Calculations show that a huge number of the hours that we work are simply used to pay for the cars we drive. Therefore in a reasonably flat and densely populated area cycling between clients might well result in increased profit even with fewer clients.