I was driving through Canada recently listening to the news about health care since there was a big powwow in Ottawa with the premiers and prime minister.
What is emergency care?
They interviewed 2 people that needed cataract surgery and had been waiting for a year. One man's sight had deteriorated to the point he could no longer see to drive or to write or type anything. But since he wouldn't die from it...
A woman was interviewed said even if she had the surgery that day (after a year wait) her vision would not return to the state it would have if she had it sooner, but she wouldn't die from it...
A man called in who had Parkinson's and a medication was being held up that while it would not "cure" him it would give him a better quality of life by cutting down on the tremors.
A doctor called in and said that it would take more than throwing more money at the problem. He pointed out that there are only 30 slots for training new opthamlogists (?) in Canada. That more facilities and nurses need to be built and trained. He talked about how more and more private clinics are being built because people don't want to wait for such procedures as cataract surgery.
There are pros and cons in both health systems.
BTW, my husband paid nothing when he was in the hospital with his heart failure. There is a $300/yr cap on any prescription meds. I take a med that costs $1,000/mo and I pay only $25. Of course, we have health insurance which we pay part of