If we're dead we don't need it anymore.
As I understand it, you show up to an ER, if ER is to believed, in the states and you're waiting a minimum 9 hours before anyone will do anything.
Actually there was a couple episodes of Nurse Jackie, where Nurse Jackie got sick of thepenny pinching from the admistrator, jabbed his ass with a sedative, or he was sick and passed out, I man be thinking about Frank and Hawkeye from M*A*S*H* but everything was backed up becuase management refused to go over budget and hire temp nurses for the week... So Jackie did it any way once any one who should be in charge was passed out.
It might have been the final of the season and they fired her?
Socialized medicine is what is on Voayager and in the Federation becuase they have conceivably unlimited resources.
What we saw in Critical care was all about Capitalism. Sure they were stessing status over financels but they don't have poor people with status now do they?