Patients Are Waiting Longer In Emergency Rooms

The purpose of a hospital emergency room is pretty clear from the name, you have an emergency, you need to see a doctor immediately, but new research indicates the ER wait time is getting longer.

The study from Harvard Medical School shows that half of all emergency room patients waited at least a half an hour before seeing a doctor in 2004. People having a heart attack waited an average of 8 minutes in 1997. In 2004, the average for heart attack patients was 20 minutes