You don’t get second opinions, it’s hard to get into see a doctor, the qiality of care is bad, older people don’t get proper care because they will probably die anyways soon, etc. They say Rich people come to the US for care.
Is this true?
You can get a second opinion by seeing a 2nd doctor for the same problem…
While it’s hard to find a regular family doctor for annual checkups; I can see a doctor within the hour at the local clinic (CLSC). I can then drive down two miles to another clinic and see another doctor. Cost to me: 0$ (Well, direct cost anyway…)
Quality of care is excellent. The delays for some types of treatments are too long, though.
Some older people require treatments for which there are long waiting lists. That is one big problem right now, especially since they’ll “bump” urgent cases to the top so they don’t die. So you might suffer for a long time waiting your turn and get the treatment only when it’s apparent you’ll die if you don’t. This is not generalized, though.
And yes, rich people will pay for better care, here or abroad, just like they do anywhere else. I don’t consider myself “rich” and I’ve opted for local private clinics in a couple of cases to bypass waiting lists or because the equipment provided by the private clinic was more modern than the public one.