I see my family Doctor fairly often because I'm old with several health care issues. He is an excellent Doctor and when he requires a second opinion he sends me to a specialist. I usually have to wait a couple of days for a routine appointment but can get in the same day if it's urgent. Specialists visits range from weeks to months depending on the urgency. ER visits are triaged, chest pains go in immediately; sprained ankles wait. We have a community hospital, I've even stayed there there a few times for day-surgeries, but never overnight. I hear the food is terrible but isn't that true everywhere? The hospital also has a full radiology lab and a medical lab as well as a respiratory therapist, a handicap therapist, and a diabetic and blood pressure clinic. None of these services are out-of-pocket expenses for anyone and available to all but in our Province (BC), most of us pay a monthly health insurance premium, currently $150/month. That fee also pays for Fair Pharmacare which has a large annual deductible for higher incomes and a low or non-existent deductible for low incomes. I'm very happy with our medical care and I don't think our tax load is any higher that anyone else.