How long will you wait at local emergency rooms?

Rising usage combined with a drop in the total number of facilities are just two indicators of more trouble ahead for emergency rooms nationwide, according to a study released earlier this year by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Citing rampant overcrowding and a rapidly evolving health care field as two contributors to the low rankings given by the report to nearly all 50 states, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that emergency care in Pennsylvania is in a “near-continuous state of crisis.”

The state earned a C+ grade, and yet it is still at the top of the national list in sixth for quality of emergency care, according to the study.

While the report dealt with emergency care on a state-by-state basis, an app from ProPublica might offer a glimpse at how local ERs are dealing with the increased stress.

The ER Wait Watcher allows you to calculate how long you can expect to wait at area hospitals using the average reported wait-time and factors in traffic information to show you where you might be seen the fastest.

Memorial Hospital reported an average wait-time of 33 minutes, according to the app. York Hospital reported an average wait-time of one hour and eight minutes.

The average national wait-time is 28 minutes. The average wait-time in Pennsylvania matches the national average, ProPublica reported.

You can check out the app here.

Have you visited the ER at Memorial or York Hospitals? How long did you wait for treatment? What was your experience at the hospital?

 

About Hannah Sawyer

Multiplatform journalist/city reporter by day, avid sleeper by night. I go to the dog park so much that the regulars gave me a nickname -- Lois Lane. My weaknesses are Ben and Jerry's and snow.
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2 Responses to How long will you wait at local emergency rooms?

  1. sid sprenkle says:

    95 % of the patients are on welfare ..welfare has created generations of non productive reproducing people..if they had to pay with their money 85% of them wouldn’t be there…

  2. Smithe808 says:

    Very nice! dddgbededd

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