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Damaged Care (2002)

Laura Dern , James Le Gros , Harry Winer  |  PG |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laura Dern, James Le Gros, Regina King, Suki Kaiser, David Lewis
  • Directors: Harry Winer
  • Writers: Ilene Chaiken
  • Producers: Laura Dern, Harry Winer, David Roessell, Thomas R. Polizzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RCNB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Damaged Care" on IMDb

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The true story of one woman's quest to bring justice to people by battling big business and the insurance companies. Stars Diane Ladd, James LeGros, Laura Dern, Michelle Clunie, Regina King, Suki Kaiser - Director: Harry Winer.

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Laura Dern ("Jurassic Park", "Blue Velvet") gives a scintillating performance in "Damaged Care," the true story of Dr. Linda peeno, a woman pushed to the edge, risking her career and family to punish the ruthless companies who valued profit over human life. Trained as a doctor, Linda in medicine for a family life but after learning that a new type of medical insurance was treat in the rich at the expense of the poor for greater profits, she went all out, using her experience to testify on behalf of patients suing the insurers. The task seemed impossible. The risks too great. But if it only takes one man to build a multi-million dollar corporation, then it only takes one woman to bring it back down.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star movie October 15, 2003
Peeno is a physician and a renowned critic of the way US health maintenance organizations boost profits by depriving patients of care. She has provided evidence for American patients suing HMOs; testified to the US congress; and spoken to the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
Having had my own personal horror of the HMO system. This movie cuts right to my heart. A doctor inform with a heart transplant he was sure he could have saved my mom's life. Her HMO, refused to approved the claim...6 mths later she died.
And it saddened me for some to call it a chick flick. To look down on Peeno stating it took her long enought to come forward....but,the bottom line is.... she did... how many others have had the courage to do so? I salute you, your voice and your movie Dr.Linda Peeno.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* Movie With An Ethical Message on HMO's. April 9, 2004
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Excellent Film! Told the sad truth about corporate greed, exploitation of US Managed Care, HMO system for corporate profit. Unethical deneial of critical medical services to patients. Highly recommend this film. Laura Dern deserves ***** for this movie. Showtime and Pamouunt Network Television deserve ***** for making this film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent August 3, 2004
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Excellent movie, gives one an interesting view of the insurance industry and the value the companies see in human life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Eye opener February 13, 2013
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If you want to know why we think our health insurance companies don't have the right to tell us what medicine we can or cannot take and why some do not get the surgeries they need covered. This is a movie for you. A real eye opener and lots to talk about after seeing this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.. April 3, 2009
Dr. Linda Peeno, a Medical reviewer, used to work in two insurance companies that totally exploited the insurance requests they received from hospitals by denying payment for patients with expensive procedures. Linda could not bear the unethical actions and decisions taken by these companies, quits working for them and decides to start a campaign to unveil their dirty work.

This movie reminded me of the documentary "Sicko", that also unveiled the dirty work of many insurance companies. I can't imagine that a company would deny payment for someone that needs a life or death procedure, just to save money! But there are certainly lots of greedy people with decision manking power out there.

Excellent film, that is actually based on a true story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A movie all should see and absorb! August 29, 2014
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This is an important docudrama that depicts the struggles of Linda Pino, MD with the managed care system. In medical school, managed care was not the terrible influence it is now. I didn't know Dr. Linda Pino, but her husband was my resident during my rotation on OB/Gyn at the University of Louisville. The problems seen in the movie are real and even greater today. I wish EVERYONE could see this movie. As a physician in private practice, managed care makes taking care of my patients more than a little difficult. Moreover, most all of my patients have seen increases in deductibles, copays, and premiums while at the same time experiencing greater difficulty in obtaining the medical care that they deserve, require, and believe they had paid for. This movie easy deserves MY ABSOLUTE HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5, 2014
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Good movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hippocratic Oath Movie July 2, 2014
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I like this movie because it depicts human nature as well as corporate greed vs. healthcare. This movie came out before Sicko, and is about a real life woman whom was faced with moral & ethical dilemmas all while trying to balance her families financial well being as well as being a responsible mom to her kids. This movie shows the grey areas of how choosing to do the right thing isn't quite as simple as some think it is, while also showing how to start doing the right thing in order to be a better role model for others. In turn seeing the consequences of how doing the right thing can also have negative repercussions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Damaged Care
I ordered this video for a class that I was taking. It does show how insurance companies were in the past. Not sure if they are now. I will find out when I join the workforce.
Published 10 months ago by kkangni
5.0 out of 5 stars I killed people and it was my job
If you want to learn about the unethical practices of Health Care and Medical Directors, this will give a true life story of a Medical Director that became a Patient Advocate. Read more
Published 10 months ago by paul retired military
5.0 out of 5 stars How corporations manage YOUR health
Want to understand 21st century health care? Watch this movie. Based on true life events, this movie explains how corporations "manage" YOUR health and decides when, where,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ChaRipley
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
My Medical Law & Ethic's students watch a different movie every week and then they are asked to write opinion pages on specific aspects of that movie.... Read more
Published 15 months ago by angabean
5.0 out of 5 stars About Healthcare Insurance Companies
This movie showed the indecent treatment of sick people in our country because the health care companies that came into be during the early seventies and showed how profit was more... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Response
I've purchased products from before, but never gotten it as quickly as I have this time.
Published on December 12, 2009 by Ralph V. Simpson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual film!
This picture is a little gem. It hasn't special effects; there are not technological advances, and in this sense you could say this is an old fashioned work. Read more
Published on July 25, 2005 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
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