I live in the UK and we pretty much hear nothing but bad stuff about the US health system, the costs, the insurance fees, the bills, the way people who aren't insured can't get treatment etc etc.
But all these tv shows, HawthoRNe, Nurse Jackie, ER, Chicago Hope, to name but a few, all seem to show that if you turn up ill at a hospital, you'll get treated. If you're homeless (HawthoRNe), you'll get first rate treatment, kept in hospital until you're well PLUS your potentially handicapped (spina bifida was mentioned, a serious, ongoing condition that is currently incurable and normally means a wheelchair) baby will be kept in hospital for weeks, no questions asked etc. In ER, any number of vagrants and 'poor' people were given all kinds of life-saving and bang up to date treatment; in Nurse Jackie, again, there seems to be no mention of how people can afford the multiple treatments they are given.
Now this is either because of one of two things. Either we (the viewing public) are being lied to about how good US healthcare is, and it really is readily available for all-comers at the ER bay doors OR the TV companies are in cahoots with the HC companies to give a sanitized image of the care available. Can any of you guys tell me which it is?