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How long is the average patient emergency room wait?

Jonathon E. Pangia, DO
Emergency Medicine
The average patient emergency room wait time has changed a lot over the past 10-15 years. Previously, you could plan on an eight-hour wait. Today, the standard wait time is less than an hour, with a goal of thirty minutes. At Grand Strand Medical Center, our facility, our goal is less than 10 minutes.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You'll usually wait 2 to 6 hours at a teaching hospital emergency department before being treated for non–life-or-death emergencies, according to data. For a possible heart attack or stroke, you'll likely get quicker treatment at a large teaching hospital than at a smaller community hospital if you're lucky enough to have the choice. And if you show up at an emergency department with a problem that's obviously not an emergency—which many people do—there will probably be a race between what comes first: your name being called, or the next Ice Age.
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