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Bloodletting: Life, Death, Healthcare (2004)

Discover the parallels and paradoxes of two nations and their health care systems through the lives of real people.

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Lorna Green

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Lorna Green
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Filmmaker Lorna Green visits Cuba to document their health care system. Upon returning, she discovers the struggles of two uninsured Americans. Through the lives of her own mother and brother, she illustrates the struggles millions of Americans without health care face every day. Written by Michael Breckenridge

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USA

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English | Spanish

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2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba

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Eatmos Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Documentary comparing health care systems in Cuba and Los Angeles
1 March 2006 | by Ted CloakSee all my reviews

Lorna Green accompanied a health care union team from L.A. to Cuba, to study the Cuban national health care system. Her job was to document the Cuban system as it actually exists, and she does that very well, covering local neighborhood clinics, hospitals, and even a psychiatric institution. After her return, circumstances affecting her family resulted in her deciding to film a very personal account of her mother's and brother's experiences with the health care mess in the U.S. The contrast, while underplayed, is very illuminating: Cubans simply assume that doctors and nurses and hospitals will be there for them, while working class Americans must live in dread of getting sick or injured.


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