Originally Posted by The_Jackal
A disaster in what sense? Granted it's anecdotal, but I have spoken to many foreigners, and not one would trade their medical system for what we have in the United States. Sure, they may have problems, but our inhumane predatory system of health care is the laughing stock of the industrialized world. One need only look at basic health statistics like life expectancy, infant mortality, etc. to see that the wealthiest country in the world is a laggard in this area. it seems that more Americans have problems with the Canadian and European models than Europeans and Canadians themselves.
I've lived overseas and my sister in law is from Canada. I've talked to her and her family. They usually have to wait unreasonable amounts of time for treatment. She had a brain tumor. She had to wait months for surgery. She then had to wait another six months until they put a plate in her head to replace the large piece of skull they took. She had to walk around six months with no protection in the area where the skull was removed!
Any hit with any kind of force on that part of her head would have killed her.
They knew people who had to wait months for a cat scan. MRI's typically take six months. There have also been cases in Canada where cancer patients have died while on the waiting list to receive treatment. Our system is bad, but it isn't that bad.