Right, Geordie...I didn't answer your question because it's very complex. No, we do not have sick people waiting in the hallways of hospitals. But, unlike you, America does not consider adequate health care a "basic right." By law, no medical facility may refuse emergency medical treatment to anyone (Note: Emergency Medical Treatment.) If the health problem is not an emergency and one is neither insured nor able to pay, the medical facility can legally refuse treatment. Today, here in America, there are about 43 million citizens without health insurance. Each day, somewhere in America, a group of retirees has their promised health benefits terminated because our government has provided legal loop holes for the corporations to do so. Basically, in America, we have the best of just about anything...if you have the resources to pay for such service. Just as with our legal system - our medical system provides the best care "that money can buy." Poor and older people must decide between pharmaceuticals and other necessities - as they have insufficient funds to purchase both. Those same individuals must become desparately ill before our medical system responds with desparate actions that are often too late. In all honesty, our citizens and the medical industry "do" abuse the attempts, by our government to provide a modicum of health service to all, but the abuse and resulting restrictions have promoted a desparately inadequate national health system. But, I can assure you, that if you have the money, you won't have to wait very long. Our medical industry will do everything they can think of to quickly relieve you of your resources.