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New York Gets Poor Grade For Its Emergency Rooms

Mount Sinai Hospital's extra-special emergency room (Credit: CBS 2)

Mount Sinai Hospital’s extra-special emergency room (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — When it comes to emergency rooms, New York tied for 13th place in a state-by-state ranking Thursday.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the average waiting time to be seen and treated in an emergency room in any part of the state is more than six hours.

The overall grade for New York is a C, D’Auria reported.

Dr. Robert Glatter, spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians said that the Affordable Care Act will likely negatively impact emergency rooms.

“We haven’t seen the data yet, but, there’s a concern among many emergency medical personnel – physicians, nurses – that there will be an increase in the number of patients coming that are newly insured,” Glatter said.

So what can be done to improve emergency rooms? Glatter told D’Auria that emergency departments need more money and more physicians.

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