When people in the States talk about the 'horrors' of having socialized health services, they talk the most about the wait.
"Oh, you have to wait two hours to get seen about a broken leg!"
"Five hours to get my finger sewn back on."
I couldn't say much about emergency socialized medical services because I had never needed to use them. That is, until recently.
With fever, pain in my head, coughing like there is no tomorrow, I finally gave in and went to emergency. Not an emergency in some eyes, but I was at my worst point in a battle against a virus that has lasted a month so far. And so I went in, expecting to be there all night.
I'd like to point out that I don't live in a small country town nor is the place I went to a small place that caters to a few. It's a major hospital and I live in a major suburb.
I went in, registered at the main desk, spoke with the triage nurse, had my vitals taken, spoke to a doctor twice about symptom details, had a chest x-ray taken, had a final meeting with the doctor and had my throat checked and got prescriptions as well as all my questions answered.
In the 'horrible' socialized medical system, you'd expect that to take ages, wouldn't you...
Nope. From the moment I walked in there to the moment I got back into the car, it took two hours all up.
I have waited for longer for lesser care in the States.
Score another point for socialized medicine...