Kansas ranks second for longest emergency room wait times. Are lives being put at risk?
According to the study, Utah had the longest wait times of any state. An emergency room patient in Utah can expect to wait an average of eight hours and 17 minutes to be seen. Kansas had the next longest wait time. Kansas emergency room patients spend an average of five hours and 43 minutes waiting.
These numbers come from surveys of 1.5 million patients released from 1,893 emergency rooms across the United States. Researchers blame lack of staffing and the loss of health insurance because of the recession for the long waits. Patients seek emergency room treatment for non-emergencies because they don’t have the insurance coverage necessary to visit a doctor’s office.
If you were seriously injured, but were delayed care because of a triage error, you may have a Missouri medical negligence case. To learn about medical malpractice in Kansas City, contact the Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys and request a free copy of our guide, “The Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims.” This guide defines medical malpractice and will advise you of your rights if you think you have a case. To discuss you own situation with a Kansas City medical malpractice attorney, call our office at 1-888-348-2616.