Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The waiting is the hardest part

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.

Ya think?


Anonymous said...

Stop the illegals from using the emergency room for free and the wait time will improve.

I have to pay....why don't they?

Anonymous said...

Too many people go to the emergency room for non-emergency situations. I've seen people bring their kids in because they have a cold.

LibertyBoyNYC said...

^^^agreed. Half of the ER cases are hermits who have no one at home to hear their ceaseless complaints. What the hell, Medicaid is paying for it, let's spend a lonely night in the ER! I must have something wrong with me...check my pressure! Check my stools!

And guess what? Doctors always find something wrong with you. What the hell, it's subsidized. A victimless crime.