State hospitals and accident and emergency centres are much busier as winter approaches and the influx of colds and flus take over.
The waiting room of any medical centre can be taxing on anyone, but what happens if you become sicker by doctors not treating you in a timely manner or at all?
In 2012, 7 of the 10 worst-performing hospitals in Australia where in NSW. The report from the National Health Performance Authority showed the hospitals consistently failed to meet targets set nationally.
One example was Blacktown Hospital where 10 per cent of patients were forced to wait more than 27 hours for treatment. This was the worst time-frame in the state and 2nd worst in the country.
The target for emergency patients is to be discharged or moved to a ward within four hours. The state was punished for the wait times by not receiving more than $15 million in federal funding.
The president of the NSW Australian Medical Association, Brian Owler?, told the Sydney Morning Herald the state's failing could result in unnecessary stress on patients.
"The number of complications and problems people experience is related to how long they spend in the emergency department," he said.
"They need to be moved to an appropriate bed and given appropriate care … no one can argue that having patients wallowing in emergency is giving them the best care".
For patients facing a trip to the doctor or the hospital this winter, it is important to remember delays are likely due to the high volume of patients, but you should be seen within a reasonable time.
Patients that developed further complications due to their non-treatment could be eligible for medical negligence compensation and are urged to contact a lawyer that can help them with their claim.
There are several points that determine your eligibility for compensation.
As medical negligence compensation is a complex situation, it is best to take your claim directly to a lawyer. It is also important to record anything that could help your claim. If your negligence lawyer can have access to all relevant information, then you are more likely to be successful in your case.