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California emergency rooms average 274-minute waits
California Watch

Patients visiting California emergency departments waited an average of four hours, 34 minutes last year. That’s two minutes longer than they waited in 2008 and 27 minutes longer than the national average. The figures are part of a recent analysis of time spent in emergency departments by health care consulting firm Press Ganey. Wait times were based on calculations of more than 1.5 million patients treated at 1,893 hospitals in 2009. Overall, wait times increased an average of four minutes last year.