From the NY Post:
Patients seeking care at New York hospitals spend nearly five hours in emergency rooms -- among the worst rates in the country.
New York state hospitals rank 46th in the nation for the length of time in e.r.s, tied with Mississippi.
The 296 minutes that patients in New York spend in emergency care or waiting rooms jumped 18 minutes in 2009 from 2008, according to Press Ganey, an organization that conducts hospital surveys.
New Yorkers have wait times that are about an hour longer than in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as Illinois, 30 minutes longer than in Florida and 22 minutes longer than in California, the study found.
Industry sources said recent hospital closures have contributed to longer wait times.