Star Trek: Voyager: Season 7, Episode 5

Critical Care (1 Nov. 2000)

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The Doctor is stolen from Voyager by an alien who sells him and his mobile emitter to a hospital on a densely-populated planet. He is activated in a cramped room filled with sick people and... See full summary »

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The Doctor is stolen from Voyager by an alien who sells him and his mobile emitter to a hospital on a densely-populated planet. He is activated in a cramped room filled with sick people and is made to treat them using only very basic equipment. When the administrators of the facility realise how skilled the Doctor is, they move him to another area of the hospital to treat more deserving patients. The Doctor is appalled to learn that the medical care that people are given is linked to their status in society and hatches a plan to make things a little less discriminatory. Written by Jonathan Stevenson

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Neelix claims to have overheard Tuvok threaten a mind meld against Garr, yet Neelix can clearly be heard entering the room AFTER Tuvok mentions the mind meld. See more »

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The Doctor: Don't you have any ethical standards?
Chellick: You're hardly in a position to speak to me of ethics. Lying, stealing - any other crimes you wish to confess?
The Doctor: I was trying to save lives.
Chellick: And I am trying to save a society.
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And you thought ObamaCare was rough!
4 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, the Doctor is activated and shocked that he's NOT on Voyager. It seems someone stole his program and holo emitter and sold it! Until he can be rescued, he has to make the best of it. However, it's soon apparent that he's on a hellish planet and the medical treatment is allocated according to how beneficial you are to society. In other words, if you have a red designation, you get very little treatment--even if it isn't very expensive. But, if you're a blue, then you are in luck!

I liked this commentary on health care--it has a lot of parallels to today and I am sure the writer intended this. In addition, it's a dandy episode and you'll like the way Neelix deals with the thief. And, if you do watch it, look for Larry Drake (a regular on "LA Law" and in the "Darkman" films) as well as Jim O'Heir (Larry/Gerry/Terry/Gary from "Parks and Recreation) in one of his first roles. He's under a lot of make-up--so listen for his voice as he plays a man crying about losing his wife.


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