Sicko Movie Review

By Dave / July 13, 2007

Last night, I watched Sicko – the new Michael Moore movie.

What a sensation it was! This movie was a real eye opener for me as I am one of those who had fallen for the notion that our ‘wonderful’ health care system here in the United States was better than anywhere else in the world.

The truth is: It’s not. In fact, it is not even close.

One of the key feelings I received from the movie was that I was being ripped off by the health care system we have in this country. Frankly, it is an awful feeling.

When you see for yourself how other countries, like Canada, England and France handle health care via a universal health system where everyone has equal access, you will also have your eyes opened.

The health care system in the United States may be in need of being completely reworked.

To illustrate this point, if you live in the US, think about someone you know. It could be anyone. Think about someone you know who is having a problem with insurance. Think of someone who can’t get a treatment they need to save their life because insurance won’t pay for it.

Think of people who get dumped off at homeless shelters by hospitals when their insurance runs out or when they need long term care that insurance won’t pay for – or they don’t have insurance which is true of over 50 million Americans.

Contrast that with getting free health care where the doctors don’t hold back any treatment but just go ahead and do what is best for the patient. They don’t worry about whether insurance will pay for it or not because insurance is a non-factor. In fact, in Britain, if you make your own way to the hospital they actually reimburse your travel expense!

Back to the US: Think about how you or a friend has a health problem and you or they can’t even afford the copay on treatment or on the medicine. Think about how that robs your life of free time, energy and money to spend on the things you want to spend them on, instead of having to worry about how you are going to pay for your medicine or your loved one’s medicine. Does that sound like the American dream to you? Do you have any idea how many people are in this boat in America today?

In other countries, you just walk in get treated and the medicine is given to you for free or at a very, very low and affordable price. How does 10$ sound for a prescription no matter how expensive it is in the Us or how much of it you need? And if you are over 60 years old, you pay nothing at all.

Case in point: In the movie, Sicko, one lady from NY pays 120$ for her inhaler medication. That same medicine cost her 5 CENTS in Cuba. Does that sound right or fair? I think not.

Old people are not dumped off at homeless shelters, they are taken care of which is exactly how it should be. The American health care system is serving the people poorly and it is robbing US citizens of what little money they have left after paying all the other taxes, fees and other silliness that we Americans are burdened with.

Now, do you think you are living the American Dream? Very few people are and the gap is getting wider all the time.

I NEVER thought I would be a proponent for universal health care, but after seeing the movie Sicko and seeing how the people of other countries are living so much better as a result, I’m rethinking my viewpoint.

If you have read this far and have an medical or dental insurance / health care horror story, would you please submit it here to be published? You can leave out the personal details, even names, we don’t need them. We just want to hear the story so that more people can also learn about the true situation of America’s health care system.  If you do live in a country with universal health care, please tell us about your good or bad experiences with your health care system as well. 

Bottom line: Go see Sicko, it is quite an eye opener.

Warm Regards,

David Snape
Author: What You Should Know About Gum Disease
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