read your mgs on my blog about US health care. I was astounded, to say the least. I had my wisdom teeth removed in March, i pad 400 up front, but will be able to claim that 400 on my taxes in the winter (as well as the travel costs and hotel costs associated with having to travel to see the surgeon). I waited less than three weeks between my initial consultation and the extraction, at my own request. I see none of the wait times here in my corner of Canada that a lot of americans seem to talk about when they discuss socialized medicine in the US.
i'm glad you left the message, it's really cleared up some of the confusion i had about the issue.