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It Left Me Feeling… SICKO

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Courtesy of MichaelMoore.com

I guess I’m slow. I’ve heard that before. But I finally got to see Michael Moore’s documentary on the American Healthcare System. This was my very first Michael Moore documentary. I didn’t watch bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11.

Prior to watching this film I thought that Michael Moore was pretty obnoxious. Not that I’ve ever met the guy. He just came across that way to me. He seemed confrontational. But maybe you need to be that way to produce an effective documentary.

Throughout the film, Michael Moore introduces the audience to various Americans. We get to meet them and find out about their difficulties in the system of medicine that Americans seem to have accepted.

As a documentary about the atrocities of the American healthcare system, one would expect to see the negatives. And Mr. Moore does not fail to deliver. He presents one tear-jerking story after another and with his sarcasm points out how broken our system really is.

At one point he brings a group of Americans who have health problems resulting from their work at Ground Zero of on 9/11. These rescue workers had many problems that they just could not afford to deal with back home. Moore took them to Cuba where they were treated free of charge.

I consider this film to be an argument for Universal Healthcare. As an argument, I didn’t expect an unbiased view. Even so, Michael Moore did point out some of his critics. And one can easily find the opposing viewpoints with a quick Google search.

Without getting into a debate about the merits or pitfalls of universal medicine, I previously wrote that there are two entities that keep America from going the route of universal healthcare. Those two are (1) doctors and (2) Big Pharma. (see my post: Reforming the U.S. Healthcare System for more).

Overall, I think it was an excellent film for anyone interested in healthcare in America. Is it a good generalization of the state of things in this country? I don’t know. My mother had cancer a couple years ago and was very well taken care of by her insurance (not going to name them, but the founder is briefly mentioned in the film). Maybe my mom was the exception and not the norm? I just haven’t been in and around the hospital system to know. Nevertheless, the film does offer one viewpoint and its probably that we should take a look at.

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  • http://randomthawghts.blogspot.com/ gay CME guy

    I work in healthcare. I’m a large consumer of healthcare (not by desire). I have to have monthly ifusionf of IgG, which are not inexepensive by any standard (4 – 5 figure range a pop) . I have what is considered to be ‘good’ insurance. If our system stays the way it is, I fully expect to lose my home within the next 10 years.
    One of the things I liked about SICKO in comparrison to MM’s other films is that he was not as prominent a ‘character’ as he was in the others, which I think gave SICKO an appearance of being a bit more credible. Although, I think the other two are masterpieces. He was less caustic in this one.
    The friend I saw this movie with is not known for his sensitity, but upon leaving the theatre, he said, ‘You must be incredibly angry and disgusted right now.” That pretty well summed it up.

  • http://randomthawghts.blogspot.com/ gay CME guy

    I work in healthcare. I’m a large consumer of healthcare (not by desire). I have to have monthly ifusionf of IgG, which are not inexepensive by any standard (4 – 5 figure range a pop) . I have what is considered to be ‘good’ insurance. If our system stays the way it is, I fully expect to lose my home within the next 10 years.
    One of the things I liked about SICKO in comparrison to MM’s other films is that he was not as prominent a ‘character’ as he was in the others, which I think gave SICKO an appearance of being a bit more credible. Although, I think the other two are masterpieces. He was less caustic in this one.
    The friend I saw this movie with is not known for his sensitity, but upon leaving the theatre, he said, ‘You must be incredibly angry and disgusted right now.” That pretty well summed it up.

  • http://firstmention.com/ david

    It’s interesting to compare costs and types of surgery in different healthcare systems a bit more methodically than Sicko did. Google Answers did a nice write-up of surgery in Canada, with a particular emphasis on costs compared to the US:


    Surgery Costs in US and Canada

    It’s worth a look, if you’re interested in knowing a bit more about how healthcare operates in different countries.

  • http://firstmention.com david

    It’s interesting to compare costs and types of surgery in different healthcare systems a bit more methodically than Sicko did. Google Answers did a nice write-up of surgery in Canada, with a particular emphasis on costs compared to the US:


    Surgery Costs in US and Canada

    It’s worth a look, if you’re interested in knowing a bit more about how healthcare operates in different countries.

  • http://www.JeffreyMD.com/ Jeff W

    Thanks for the two comments, gentleman. My apologies for not replying sooner.

    gay CME guy – Hopefully we (as a nation) will be able to fix our healthcare system soon! People with good insurance should not be losing their homes. How can insurance be good if it doesn’t save us from that?

    David – Thanks for the cost comparison!

  • http://www.JeffreyMD.com Jeff W

    Thanks for the two comments, gentleman. My apologies for not replying sooner.

    gay CME guy – Hopefully we (as a nation) will be able to fix our healthcare system soon! People with good insurance should not be losing their homes. How can insurance be good if it doesn’t save us from that?

    David – Thanks for the cost comparison!

  • Womensonlinepharmacy

    its good post for me , coz i also working in pharmacy company, every country try different ways to do surgery, these surgeries costs depends upon type of surgery,
    well thanks for this information.