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EMERGENCY ROOM WAITS ARE GETTING LONGER

Contributor David Himmelstein and collegues at Cambridge Health Alliance analyzed 90,000 Emergency Department visits for this study that appears on the Health Affairs website today. They found that the length of time between arrival and the first visit from a doctor increased for all patients between 1997 and 2004. The increase was greatest for severely ill patients.

This program aired on January 15, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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