A quick report from another system — the Canadian single payer system works pretty well. Not quite a month ago (on a Friday), I slipped on ice, at 9:30 in the morning. I saw my family doctor at noon, and I got an X-ray at 12:30. Broken arm. She then sent me to the hospital. I had lunch first, got to the hospital about 1:45. I saw the emergency room doctor about 4:30, and I was out before 5:00. A long day, but no problem. I had an appointment at the fracture clinic the next Monday, and I had a follow-up this Monday. Everything is going well. And through all of this I never had to deal with an insurance company or pay any money out of pocket, since the system is paid for out of taxes. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than the US system, in my experience.