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"Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" is one of those documentaries that makes you angry, but for the same reasons that make it essential viewing for anyone living in this country. The film, directed by Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman and nominated for the documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, arrives in theaters and on VOD and iTunes October 5. Director Heineman introduces our exclusive clip below: "In America, you’re twice as likely to get your knee replaced as you are in other Western countries. You’re two or three times as likely to get a heart catheterization or have a stent put in your coronaries. We’ve set up a reimbursement system that often pushes physicians and hospitals into doing more. It doesn’t reward doctors for doing a better job. It doesn’t reward them for keeping their patients healthy. It rewards them for delivering more care. »

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