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theNobamist May 30th, 2018 2:31am

Why are Emergency Room waits hours long? (Never mind the "people are taken in order of..." -- 6 hours is unacceptable!)

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05/30/18 1:27 pm

Uninsured and illegals using them for the basic healthcare.

mfjd1948 rural johnson co iowa
05/30/18 9:35 am

Simply the most urgent are treated first. The problem with overcrowded ER is that many who go there should have gone to their family practitioner first or a non-urgent care facility.

sea California
05/30/18 7:48 am

Like everyone has said: ERs are overloaded with a constant stream of people who have a non serious health issue. We’ve got homeless people coming in just to get a sandwich.

05/30/18 7:35 am

ER’s are grossly misused for non emergencies

cowboy Proud Father
05/30/18 6:25 am

Communists. Duh. πŸ™„

Robert97206 Portland Oregon
05/30/18 5:52 am

Heres why, emergency waiting rooms taken priority cases first. They are not first come first serve. If you are waiting up to six hours in an emergency room chances are you are not an emergency and are using the emergency room in correctly and should probably go to urgent care.

fireguy5454 Indiana
05/30/18 4:30 am

Because people fill emergency rooms with complaints that shouldn’t be seen in an ER.

Jazzy5 USA
05/30/18 5:12 am

I took my neighbor this past winter, that broke her arm. The room was filled, People were using the ER ( illegals) for general use.
The nurse, was overwhelmed with them..

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/30/18 1:38 am

Say you have a hard time breathing and sever pain in your left arm. No waiting.

fireguy5454 Indiana
05/30/18 4:31 am

And this is why waits are so long. You waste time and resources running unnecessary tests and procedures and take away staff from treating people and why? Because you are way too important to wait or go see your family doctor?

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/30/18 10:59 am

No that is not what I’m saying. If those are your symptoms you need help immediately. Otherwise you can wait. If you waited 6 hours; you are this close to being fine. And obviously well enough to wait. Maybe they should provide more entertainment in the waiting room.

lorraineruth Bozeman
05/30/18 1:10 am

1. Not enough staff
2. Overworked staff
3. Ridiculous amount of paperwork per patient
4. Influx of people with non-emergencies

bartman71 USW
05/30/18 1:59 am

All of thisπŸ‘†

05/30/18 3:42 am


05/30/18 3:52 am

Those plus hospital interference in the decision process on whether to allow another hospital.

evoecon nearest binary system
05/29/18 9:39 pm

Because Democrats have made health care and health care insurance too expensive.

05/29/18 9:01 pm

It’s because of all the idiots coming in for sniffles

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/29/18 8:37 pm

If you show up in the back of an ambulance, or are bleeding all over the floor, they usually get to you fairly quickly.

fireguy5454 Indiana
05/30/18 4:28 am

Wrong. If you show up in an ambulance with a non true emergency complaint you will go right to the waiting room and usually wait longer.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
05/29/18 8:26 pm

They are used as the family doctor. Mothers with one sick kid drag in 5 brothers and sisters and want medicine for all of them. Patients sue DRS so often that drs do more lab than necessary. That takes time and money and is usually worthless.

SuperAgain They lie, Get Over It
05/29/18 8:25 pm

When an ER bandage alone is a $100 charge, it takes that long to enter all of the items for your $10,000 ER visit in their billing system. πŸ€ͺ

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/30/18 1:41 am

It does not cost $100 for an ER bandage alone. That $100 pays for the entire ER being able to bandage someone who can’t make an appointment for later.

SuperAgain They lie, Get Over It
05/30/18 1:58 am

Oh, there you go, giving my satire a dose of reality. much for my reality check, doc? πŸ˜‰

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/30/18 2:29 am

Your insurance will cover it.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/30/18 11:02 am

Ebola1: insurance companies are to blame for long wait time?

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/30/18 1:34 pm

Ebola1: so are you saying it’s the time it takes to bill the insurance, that makes the wait so long; or that the the insurance companies marketing campaign, encourages too many recipients to use ER instead of office visits?

kspells TheOtherOtherside
05/30/18 2:25 pm

And if the money is pouring in why Cant ER’s mange the wait time more efficiently?

Casper Deep inthe Heart ofTexas
05/29/18 8:17 pm

That’s not been my experience.
I visited 2 emergency rooms last month with no wait.

Our local hospitals have billboards advertising their current wait times - typically 5 to 15 minutes.

HtheC South Florida
05/29/18 8:03 pm

One reason is people use the ER as a diagnostic center rather than going to their primary. Another reason might be slow processing of labs and slow reading of results by doctors. Last two times I had to go to the ER I didn’t wait more than 15-minutes before being taken to a room. I made sure I looked at waiting times in my phone and I always asses going to an urgent care before.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
05/29/18 7:31 pm

Why are Emergency Room waits hours long? (Never mind the "people are taken in order of..." -- 6 hours is unacceptable!)

Here's why