But, but, but, I thought this only happens when you have "Universal, Free Health Care" in communist, cheese eating, third world shitholes, like Canada and Switzerland.
ER wait times getting longer, study finds
Overcrowding especially dangerous for heart attack patients
Reuters - January 15, 2008 - WASHINGTON - Patients seeking urgent care in U.S. emergency rooms are waiting longer than in the 1990s, especially people with heart attacks, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.
They found a quarter of heart attack victims waited 50 minutes or more before seeing a doctor in 2004. Waits for all types of emergency department visits became 36 percent longer between 1997 and 2004, the team at Harvard Medical School reported.
AND THEN - JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS BAD - THEY PRINT THIS PART OF THE ARTICLE
"They used other surveys to calculate that the number of emergency room visits rose from 93.4 million in 1994 to 110.2 million in 2004.
During the same time, (as the study) 12 percent fewer hospitals operated emergency rooms, according to the American Hospital Association.
"EDs close because, in our current payment system, emergency patients are money-losers for hospitals," Wilper said in a statement."