Originally Posted by puzzlebox
Really? I've found the US healthcare system to be very different from the UK. In the UK the attitude is often more "just wait longer for it to get better" (i.e. "we have scarce resources and your problem is not important enough right now"), whereas in the US I've actually experienced upsell (i.e. "your insurance pays for this, go nuts!").
In Canada, the issue is mostly wait times. Since a lot of necessity is paid for by the government and most everything else is usually, at least partially, paid for by insurance through either private or employer, there's just more people wanting care than people to provide it. The one time I've required surgery, it was done through a specialist in a private practice, so I've never experienced it, but apparently our hospital wait times are something like #1 in developed nations.