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.
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