Ah! When someone says that they hurt themselves in that way it sounds like self harm. I will say though… your story is 100% anactodatal and says nothing about the US health care system.
First off, do you have insurance? If you do, the whole process is far quicker and simpler. You give insurance, they treat you, you dont have to pay the ful price of the hospital visit. If you live in a nice area of the US? wait time might not be long and hospital might be nice. But that is NOT indicative of all hospitals and certainly not a common experience. I went to the hospital with my mother when she broke her wrist. it took over an hour to just get any dr sort of person to look. Hours more to get an xray. We went in at 11pm… left at 6am. But thats hospital wait times. Not uncommon. We have inssurance so we were able to get out without too much crazy expense
Because my parents have the money for it? they have a good dr. So my mom was able to go home and see a specialist the next day, surgery less than a week later. But again… that is SO atypical. If you can pay? You get that service in ANY country. Even socialized medicine countries allow people to pay for more care/ private supplemental inssurance. But there? EVERYONE gets treated and isnt in debt after. IN the US? people die because they cant afford insulin for diabetes… its a mess. Health care is a right not a privilege and we pay far more in allowing our country to be so sick rather than useing preventative care which is less expensive in the long run by far