We often hear that one of the reasons health care "reform" is necesary in the US is because the uninsured overwhelm emergency rooms. We hear horror stories of overcrowded emergency rooms with long wait times, which would only be better if we had a national health care system like Canada.
A couple of interesting facts:
Average US emergency room wait time: 4.05 hours
Average Canada emergency room wait time: 8.9 to 23 hours
I confess the numbers are not apples-apples, but they are certainly in the ballpark and highly illustrative. Have any commenters seen a direct comparison?
Update: OK, the numbers are more apples-apples than I thought. The US 4 hour number is total time from coming in the door to leaving or getting a bed, the same as the Canadian numbers. The CNN report linked above got their data from here.