Whenever I hear someone talking about wait times for simple procedures under socialized medicine and the efficiencies of going to a primary care physician rather than the emergency room, it baffles me. I don’t belong to an HMO. I have the best, most expensive health insurance available. If I need to see my primary care physician in anything less than a month, my doctor tells me to go to the emergency room. It takes significantly longer to schedule an appointment with a specialist—two to three months is typical. That seems to be about the norm here in Chicago. Is it different elsewhere?