As ER Wait Times Grow, More Patients Leave Against Medical Advice

Emergency room patients increasingly leave California hospitals against medical advice, and experts say crowded ERs are likely to blame.

About 352,000 California ER visits in 2017 ended when patients left after seeing a doctor but before their medical care was complete. That’s up by 57%, or 128,000 incidents, from 2012, according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Another 322,000 would-be patients left the emergency room without seeing a doctor, up from 315,000 such episodes in 2012.

Several hospital administrators said overcrowding is a likely culprit for the trend. California emergency room trips grew by almost 20%, or 2.4 million, from 2012 to 2017. Read the rest HERE.

Hat tip: Dan Bongino (@DBongino)

1 Comment

  • Posted June 3, 2019


    Wait times can now be up to 24 hours. When you are sick or in pain then ad severely uncomfortable it becomes intolerable to sit up in a chair any longer. ER’s are also quickly becoming the only way a patient can get admitted to a hospital even with a doctor referral and with nowhere to put incoming patients they must wait in an ER bed sometimes 12+ hours waiting for a room to become available. That just slows the system down even more. What is needed is a place to put interim patients to free up ER bed space.

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