Do you think US hospitals are inefficient?

@Marmot (590)
United States
March 3, 2011 12:39am CST
Last night, one of my friends got a fever and he felt very bad, so we went to the hospital near our school. We went directly to the emergency room and found that there are about 3 people in that room. However, it took us about an hour to wait the doctor and other two hours just for one shot! I was wondering if that my friend was in a seriously situation. Will the hospital has the ability to save him... How is the hospital in your area, do you need so long to get treated?
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@irene66 (1669)
• Philippines
3 Mar 11
This is usually the problem in most hospitals. In my country, it is the same. Nurses are there in the emergency room but the doctor is now where to be located. This is always the situation because only one doctor is responsible for the whole hospital. Sometimes they are attending to other patients. I think doctors are a hand full compared to the number of patients needing their help.
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@Marmot (590)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Yeah, that's true. I hope there will be more doctor in the emergency room in the future. I wish...
@daeckardt (6237)
• United States
3 Mar 11
I know that sometimes there might only be a few people in the waiting room, but how many people were in the treatment areas? It is possible that there was someone brought in by ambulance that was being treated and there aren't always many physicians on duty in an emergency room so the worst cases are treated first. I was in the emergency room in January and there were often times that the doctor had to leave me to go deal with other patients. I think that the triage is generally done well so if you aren't in serious condition, you might have to wait longer. I'm sure if it turned out that your friend had a life threatening emergency, she would have been treated right away.
@Marmot (590)
• United States
5 Mar 11
That's right. But I think it will be better if there are more doctors in the emergency room. If you go to the emergency room, that means you are really feeling bad and don't want to wait for a long time, right?
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@daeckardt (6237)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Actually, I think some people go to the emergency room because they have nowhere else to go. You never know when a true emergency will come in and unfortunately for those who go in because they feel bad, those take priority.
@rsa101 (37929)
• Philippines
4 Mar 11
Well if you are here in my place you could meet a much worse situation here. I have heard that there are patients not accepted by the hospital after knowing they do not have the money to pay for the patient and they are asked to go to a public hospital to be accomodated. Since most public hospitals are very crowded then you have to be placed to wait for your turn to be attended to. I have not been into your place but I have some relatives who lives there and they really appreciated the services that your hospitals does there. They have experience worst experience here and they see that US hospitals are far more better than where we are.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
3 Mar 11
We live in a smaller community and don't have the wait like I hear about in the larger cities...in my town almost everyone knows each other..and that is a good thing most of the time including when you have to go to the hospital!
@Marmot (590)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Then you are in a really small place. I think if the population is that small, the situation must be better than my place. Small region has its own good~
@mermaidivy (15395)
• United States
3 Mar 11
I have an experience with a US hopspital as well. My son was really fussy after he was born, when we left the hosptial the first day, he was really unhappy at night, he screamed, he yelled and wouldn't stop so we thought he was in pain with his circumsition so we went to the emergency room, he kept screaming and we waited andwaited and waited at the emergnecy room, the guy asked us eight thousand question, I was like can we just go in first, takecare of myson, then I give you information??? So we went throught that, we still had to wait.... but what I saw is allof the staff in the emergency was chitchatting to each other, hanging out...I was so mad and that was 4 o'clockin the morning! What even made me mad was the emergnecy room people seemed not to know how to deal with a newborn bayb, they don'tknow how to check the blood pressure, was scared taking off his diaper... geez...
@Marmot (590)
• United States
5 Mar 11
That's really a horrible experience. How can a nurse doesn't know how to check the blood pressure... However, we can do nothing about it. We still have to wait and complain...
@tkonlinevn (6271)
• Vietnam
5 Mar 11
It's the same here. Hospitals are usually overloaded with many many patients. We're very up set. But we can't do any things in this case. We must wait for doctors.
@Marmot (590)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Yeah, that's really bad. We can not help but wait.
• United States
3 Mar 11
No, if you have a good HMO or a good PPO, then your fine. If you don't, then you might not get the care and service that you need. Health care is a business in America. If you have money, you get the greatest care in the world, if you don't, then you get inefficient care. I have an insurance company that considered one of the best in the nation, and I have rarely had any problems with them.
@Marmot (590)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Of course we all have insurance. And it can cover most of our fee form the hospital. But we still need to wait. And I don't think those who are waiting are poor people anyway.
@BlueGoblin (1829)
• United States
3 Mar 11
I don't think waiting an hour to see the doctor is that inefficient. Your friend had a fever and "felt very bad" but that isn't an emergency. An emergency is having your finger cut off. The nurses assigns the priority and she obviously felt your friends illness was a low priority.
@Sanitary (3968)
• Singapore
11 Mar 11
Most hospital do really take that long to attend to patients unless one is being sent to the A&E department by an ambulance and they shall be placed in priority. If not, be prepared to wait because there are always people who prefer to visit hospitals for any common ailments such as flu and fever, while not wanting to visit clinics. Out of the few times i went to the hospital with my friends, that's what i saw from their prescriptions.
@Tzakgr (46)
• Greece
3 Mar 11
I dont know about US but in my country the hospitals are inefficient...