Nope. Triage here is normally quite good, so, if you are going into emergency with a sore throat, you will wait for hours; go in with chest pains and they will be on your case almost immediately. You will wait for a CT for a non-critical problem; if you have something potentially dangerous, you’ll get that CT post-haste (speaking from experience here - high risk prostate cancer, i.e., high Gleeson , high PSA, and I most certainly have not been kept waiting for diagnosis or treatment.)
Now, I’m frankly quite poor. I have had 38 sessions of radiation (i.e., 5 days a week for almost 2 months), plus Zoladex injections once every three months. Neither is particularly cheap (iirc, Zoladex is about 3,000 CAD per injection). How much do you figure I’d be dinged in deductible in your country? How much treatment would I have available as a poor person? How quickly?
At some point, the people elected to lead have to lead. That may involve selling a (putatively) unpopular initiative. I was certainly alive when universal healthcare was brought in up here, and there was considerable uncertainty - it wasn’t even certain whether it was a federal responsibility or a provincial one. (As it settled out constitutionally, the provinces run it, but the feds hold the purse strings.) The government of the day went out on that limb and succeeded.
I do recall the situation when Obama brought out ACA: the Dems had a majority in both houses, but the single payer option never got considered; it was never even put on the table.
You cannot even hope to obtain an optimal solution if you never put it up for negotiation.
That wasn’t because single payer couldn’t be sold - I strongly suspect that, with a bit of smarts (and Obama is a smart cookie), it could have been. It really strikes me, looking at it from up here, that ACA was conceived as a sweetheart deal for the insurance industry.