The average wait to see a doctor at Kings County Hospital’s ER rose from 103 minutes in 2012 to 113 minutes in 2013! The national average is 28 minutes, and 37 minutes for New York State.
Overall wait times in hospitals have been dropping, from 76 minutes in 2012 to 51 minutes in 2013, despite the increasing number of patients, according to the Daily News.
Kings County Hospital was sued last year for allegedly wrongly informing patients of their HIV statuses. Beth Israel and New York-Presbyterian Hospitals in the area had ER waits of 75 and 87 minutes.
Pro Publica reported that ER patients at Kings County Hospital waited more than 9.5 hours for a room after being admitted! The national average is 97 minutes.
Last month, a 30-year-old man died waiting nearly 8 hours to be treated for a rash at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, which is one of the worst in the city in terms of amount of time patients spend waiting in the ER before being released. St. Barnabas’ wait time average is 306 minutes, worse than King’s County Hopsital’s 246.
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