dai bread wrote: People who decry our tax-funded health system assure us solemnly & sincerely that waiting times like that don't happen in a private system.
The first (Friday) readmit only had to wait until a room opened up and I was then bundled upstairs to occupy it. Since I had been in the hospital only a few weeks before, I am an elevated biohazard risk in that I could have picked up one or more of the drug-resistant bacteria strains (there's always a chance of meeting one when you're in a hospital: hospitals are where sick people go. And these evil germs colonize skin surfaces just like ordinary germs do.) and so they did not want to put me in a room with anyone else. We waited for the single. As for the surgery - the doctors all had actual office hours and scheduled procedures to deal with Friday and we needed the guy with the knockout drugs, the surgeons, and the room to all be free at the same time. Scheduling me was not difficult. I was stationary.
Saturday - the six hour wait in Urgent Care - was the longest I've ever had to wait in a Scripps Urgent Care facility. My usual cycle is to be checked-in, seen, diagnosed, treated, and sent on my way in about an hour total. I can't really complain that I was left in the waiting room while they dealt with the motorcycle accident, the heart attacks, the stroke, and some other ambulance arrivals. I do think they could have done better, but I will freely admit that my priority was properly lower than the life-threatening stuff.
The time waiting for treatment in our non-state-funded system often depends on multiple factors. How many other people came in to the same facility, how time consuming those cases were, whether the right specialist for your particular problem is available, etc. I've had by far better experiences with my current medical group, Scripps, than I did the previous one. Them, I fired after I stopped being able to get sick children seen in what I considered a timely fashion.