@Michelle : I have relatives in Canada, & they are absolutely SHOCKED at our lousy system here, in the U.S. When people here, in the U.S., tell me how TERRIBLE Canada's system is, I always ask them: HAVE YOU EVER HEARD A CANADIAN SAY THIS ABOUT THEIR OWN SYSTEM???? I never have. And until I do, I refuse to believe the garbage our own U.S. citizens say about another country's system.
I am an attorney who represents people too ill to work, who are trying to get Social Security Disability benefits. Another idea: I used to practice in Mississippi, & my clients could NOT get inexpensive/free medical care. WHAT WORKED: I had clients who had seen a doctor in the past, I contacted them, explained that my clients had no money to pay them now, but were excellent candidates to receive benefits, and would pay them when they received benefits. EVERY DOCTOR I EVER CONTACTED AGREED TO TREAT MY CLIENTS FOR FREE.