“ProPublica’s ER Wait Watcher gathers data on treatment times of hospitals around the U.S. As of January, 2015, New York ranks fifth in average time a patient spends waiting in the ER at 33 minutes. If the patient needs to be admitted into the hospital, it will take an additional 2.5 hours, which is fourth in the country. The national average wait time is 24 minutes.
Although no data on several dozen hospitals in the state could be gathered, 22 hospitals made ER patients wait for 60 minutes or longer. The top-seeded hospital made patients wait for over two hours. Experts pointed to the sudden rise in admissions over the past few years, combined with the closure of select departments in hospitals.”