Text Your Way To a Short Emergency Room Wait

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Here's one reason to continue paying $10 a month for your texting plan. ER Texting, Inc has a service that sends you a text message with a list of your local hospitals and their emergency room wait times.

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The service was originally a marketing gimmick used to drive people to a specific ER, but surprise, surprise, hospital staff discovered it actually helped them manage incoming patient traffic. [Business Wire via Textually.org]

DISCUSSION

Is it just an ol' wives tale that if you complain about chest pains, in addition to whatever else is wrong with you, that you'll be seen pronto?