SicKO Review

Helew fellow Malaysians! Today i bring to your knowledge an excellent documentary, one that will make you understand why we should never allow for the privatization of our National Health Care. To begin with, we can still improvise a lot more on our health care, but then that will relate to corruption and the education system, cause we dont want people becoming doctors to make big bucks. Woa… gosh we really have a lot of restructuring to do here in Malaysia before coming anywhere close to France.

Oh… anyway SicKo is fantastic, huge eye opener and it kicks libertarian ideas down the sewer. We can have good health care, like the French lady in SicKo puts it, the goverment has to be scared of us, not the otherway around. SicKo is free and you can watch it online here. Just selected the video quality and click Watch this Film.

This Michael Moore’s work begs the question to libertarians, if privitisation is the answer then why on earth is the health care in the United States the most expensive? Malaysians dont allow for hospital privitisation, or all of us will end up being like the Americans.

The film investigates the American health care system, focusing on its health insurance and pharmaceutical industry. The film compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit Universal Health Care systems of Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba.

According to Sicko, almost fifty million Americans are uninsured and those who are covered are often victims of insurance company fraud and red tape. Interviews are conducted with people who thought they had adequate coverage but were denied care, as well as former employees of insurance companies who describe cost-cutting initiatives that encourage bonuses for insurance company physicians to deny medical treatments for policy holders.

In Canada, Moore describes the case of Tommy Douglas, who was voted the Greatest Canadian in 2004 for his contributions to the Canadian health system. Moore also interviews a microsurgeon and people waiting in the emergency room of a Canadian public hospital.

In the United Kingdom, a country whose National Health Service is a comprehensive publicly-funded health care system, Moore interviews patients and inquires about in-hospital expenses incurred by patients, only to be told that there are no out-of-pocket payments.

In France, Moore visits a hospital and interviews the head of obstetrics and gynaecology and a group of American expatriates. Moore rides with the “SOS Médecins”, a 24-hour French medical service that provides house calls by physicians. Moore discovers that the French government provides social services, such as day care for $1 an hour and neonatal support that includes cooking, cleaning, and laundry services for new mothers.

Returning to the United States, interviews disclose that 9/11 rescue workers who volunteered after the September 11, 2001 attacks were denied government funds to care for physical and psychological maladies they subsequently developed, including respiratory disease and PTSD. Unable to receive and afford medical care in the U.S., the 9/11 rescue workers, as well as all of Moore’s friends in the film needing medical attention, sail from Miami to Cuba on three speedboats in order to obtain free medical care provided for the enemy combatants detained at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detainment camp.

Finally, Moore addresses the audience, emphasizing that people should be “taking care of each other, no matter the differences”. Socialist – 1 Libertarian – 0 . Ignite the Social Revolution!!! Forget reformasi! Scream for Revolusi!!!


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