I keep hearing about the wait times in other countries. My question is how many Americans simply just go without care because they can't afford it? How many don't address their health concerns, or receive any treatment because they cannot afford it? Those numbers are going to be hard to come by, yet remain a real problem.
I don't know if Medicare for all is the answer, but I know our current system is awful. When people are in their most need, and least able to work, life is costing the most. How many people who have cancer, heart disease, or COPD can still work full time? How many lose their insurance because they cannot continue to maintain their hours at work? How many are taken to collection during their treatment because they are too sick to work while undergoing chemo/radiation?
Those are the victims of this system. Sure you can get your MRI tomorrow, but the cancer they find on that scan is going to bankrupt you. Sure you can get in with the cardiologist next week, but you're going to lose your job and your health insurance so you won't get to have that surgery done.