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Sicko (2007)

 -  Documentary  -  22 June 2007 (USA)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.

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Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?" Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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france | canada | cuba | hmo | michael moore | See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£156,173 (UK) (26 October 2007)

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£156,173 (UK) (26 October 2007)
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Michael Moore was pressured by executive producers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, friends of the Clinton family, to cut the criticism of 'Hillary Clinton', but he declined. See more »

Goofs

The Italian version consistently mistranslates "bone marrow" as "spinal cord" (in Italian the two terms are more similar). See more »

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George W. Bush: We got issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their... their love with women all across the country.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits the following is displayed screen-filling: "Eat your fruits and vegetables. And go for a walk." See more »

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Referenced in 30 Rock: Flu Shot (2009) See more »

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Adagio for Strings
Composed by Samuel Barber
Performed by Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of G Schirmer, Inc.
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Insured Americans beware
17 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently finished watching Michael Moore's Sicko (it's a great documentary that everyone should see). It's not about the 47 million Americans who don't have health insurance, it's about some of the 250 million who have/had health insurance and in spite of this their lives were ruined. It dispels a lot of the myths espoused by some in America such as long waiting lines, higher taxes and the doctors being paid close to nothing. It explains why HMOs were established and how their primary purpose is to deny claims. Advancement in these companies is based upon how many claims an employee denies and any claims that are actually paid out are seen as failures. He goes to countries like Canada, England, France and Cuba and talks to citizens of these countries to get their take on their country's health-care system. He also goes to hospitals and emergency rooms in these countries to get the take of the people there and when he ask "How much do you pay?", they all laugh at him. Moore sums up the premise of film when he says the rest of the western world practices "We" health-care while Americans practice "Me" health-care.


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