Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Critical Care 

Stolen and sold off, The Doctor winds up enslaved at an alien hospital, where social status strictly defines the quality of provided health care.


Terry Windell


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Capt. Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Cmdr. Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lt. B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lt. Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lt. Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
John Kassir ... Gar
Gregory Itzin ... Dr. Dysek
Paul Scherrer ... Voje
Dublin James ... Tebbis
Larry Drake ... Chellick
Christinna Chauncey ... Level Blue Nurse


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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John Durbin (Alien Miner) also played Traidy in DS9 "A Simple Investigation." See more »


When Chellick restricts The Doctor to Level Blue, the Allocator transfers The Doctor around Level Blue as if Level Blue had holo emitters, but in fact the Allocator uses transport technology to move the Doctor's holotransmitter (and thus The Doctor) from place to place. See more »


[Chellick explains the treatment coefficient - TC for short - of the patients in the hospital]
Chellick: An agricultural engineer is obviously more important than a waste processor.
The Doctor: Important to whom?
Chellick: Society. When your resources are limited, you have to prioritize.
The Doctor: So you base treatment on whether patients have particular abilities.
Chellick: It's much more complicated than that. The Allocator assesses the entire individual.
The Doctor: And reduces his life to a number.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
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Medical Ethics Put to the Test
15 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A shyster kidnaps the Doc and sells him to a hospital ship. While on board he comes to realize that there is a hierarchical method of treating patients. The poor and infirm are in the red zone and are doomed, for the most part, while the "Blue" patients get elective surgeries and injections. The Doctor must deal with treating the weak, but in the process makes a costly mistake.

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1 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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