Docs admit hospital VIPs get faster care in the ER


In a country where the average emergency room wait now tops four hours, it’s a rare American patient who doesn’t wonder whether a hefty hospital donation or a family connection may be the secret to getting speedier care.

Now, it turns out, the answer appears to be yes, at least according to a pair of small but telling surveys that conclude that being a VIP in the ER does come with certain perks.

In a letter published in this week’s Annals of Emergency Medicine, Dr. A.J. Smally of Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut reports that more than half of the 33 emergency department medical directors in his state said they routinely provide so-called “expedited” care to influential people.

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