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Sicko (2007)

 -  Documentary  -  3 July 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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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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£156,173 (UK) (26 October 2007)

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£156,173 (UK) (26 October 2007)
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On certain DVD versions of the film, the scene where the man is having his leg amputated was removed, and replaced with stock footage of dancers, although you can still hear the sound of the saw, and the man answering questions. See more »

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

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[first lines]
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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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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Features The Cure (1917) See more »

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Pretty much what I expected
20 June 2007 | by (Lappeenranta, Finland) – See all my reviews

Having read all the comments and reviews, this movie was pretty much what I expected. Moore does a really good job in making his point.

What bothered me a little was his black & white view of the healthcare industry - either it is public OR private. In reality, many western countries have a "hybrid" system. For example here in Finland we have a pretty reasonable public healthcare system (which by the way is not totally free for the patient, albeit very cheap), but in addition, we also have private clinics, if you want even faster service and are willing to pay extra. You can also get an insurance from private companies, which provides extra financial support and/or service in the private clinics in case of illness. Also some workplaces and institutes have free doctors.

A portion of the cost of medicines is substituted by the government in either case, and there is an annual limit after which they are totally substituted.

I think it would be pretty straightforward to establish this kind of system in the US. There is no need to socialize healthcare TOTALLY. There is no need for the insurance company to "go" (as Moore put it), they just need to step aside a little and stop being the main authority. Also, if insurance companies have to compete with FREE (health care), there is only one thing they can do: offer really good service!


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