Sicko (Special Edition)
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Perhaps as landmark as Jacob Riis's "How the Other Half Lives," "Sicko" brings the devastating cost and state of health care in this country to light beginning with people who have lived the American dream and expected to live their retirement independently and in comfort. Early on, Moore shows a working couple forced to sell their home to meet medical obligations not covered, and now depend on the charity of their children. Moore carefully singles out several cases of the twenty-five thousand emails he received that reveal the appalling state of health care in a country that nurtures that dream. (None of the stories or emails are about couples in separate bathtubs looking out over a vineyard).
First are the insurance companies that are out to make a profit. (Nothing's wrong with that). However, the profit is at the expense of the medical coverage and preventative care they can deny. If they cannot deny it outright or claim such care is experimental, they will pour through a patient's medical history to see if any condition occurred that was not mentioned or remembered in the application process. This will give the company the means to deny all claims retroactively. Incidentally, doctors receive bonuses for the most claims they can deny!
The next spotlight is on the pharmaceutical companies which are so expensive that many people must continue working well beyond their retirement years, years they should be enjoying, years when there is the greatest need for medication.Read more ›
Undoubtedly, you can judge this to be an interesting and catching movie only if one is interested in the social issues that it exposes. Because otherwise rest assured it can provide you with a pretty grim couple of hours... In spite of the odd quips or humorous sections here and there. It's a typical Michael Moore documentary: no clean footage, low-budget set-up and very slowly coming to the main point. If you have a short attention span or prefer the glitter of National Geographic-like kind of info, be prepared for something less entertaining... On the other hand, entertainment was not the point here!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very good movie regarding the health care system and delivery. Highly recommend this to anyone in school for healthcare or currently in the field or just for an eye... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This film provides documented insights into the United States' medical care versus the health care of other countries in the world. Read morePublished 18 days ago by B. C. Crawford
This movie really shows why the US should move towards a "one-payer" system. We are so behind the rest of the world in providing medical care for all of our citizens.Published 24 days ago by Christine Stephens
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|Want Universal health care in America? Then Support Kucinich.||
The United States is the richest Third World Nation on the planet. How embarrassing that we rate so low in health care for our citizens. Kucinich absolutely has the right idea with HR 676...and Michael Moore endorses it! Time to make it happen!
Oct 14, 2007 by M. A. Butler | See all 20 posts
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"bum" or "jerk"...until I saw Sicko. I thought it would be another 'grasping at straws' rant...was I wrong. Well done, riveting, and evocative...managed to push all the buttons subtly. I couldn't turn away from it...burned lunch, put off swimming on a 90 degree day. Perhaps... Read More
Jul 18, 2008 by D. P. Jestic | See all 5 posts
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The health care industry in America is a joke. I should know, I was denied coverage more than once for necessary medical care. I got so mad at Blue Cross for denying me the 2nd time that I dropped them soon after I got their rejection letter & just started paying out of my own pocket. ... Read More
Apr 28, 2010 by Zach Clift | See all 2 posts
|Michael Moore was on Oprah to discuss Healthcare||
A society cannot call itself civilized if it allows any of it's citizens to die because they cannot pay for medical treatment; even the hated communist regimes recognize that! It's all down to profit. It should be like the Fire department or Police, A SERVICE paid through taxes. That's how it... Read More
Aug 13, 2008 by Leonard T. Fisk | See all 3 posts
I would like to know this too. At first I thought it might be "Beam" by Hans Zimmer, but it isn't ("Beam" is on the movie soundtrack to The Thin Red Line, which I've just been listening to.) Hopefully someone will recognise it and let us know!
All the best,
Dec 6, 2007 by A. J. Cull | See all 7 posts
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