Here’s the trailer and one of the opening comments is “the industry doesn’t want to stop making money”, an irrational system. We have a disease management system. You can see Dr. Don Berwick features here as well talking about the faulty care. The system does not want to change. “What can we do to get your productivity up” you hear the one doctor say and she says “I want to take care of patients and not worry about my productivity’. I just watched the trailer and it looks good as far as addressing and making issues known. Screenings are coming to many theaters and television will also offer it on demand and it is for sale on ITunes. The movie touts a way out and to save the Healthcare of the US. I can’t see it from the trailer but will have to watch the full movie:)
In all fairness though we can’t overlook the fact of so many companies in healthcare traded on the open market and that affects care and the price we pay as well. We have all seen the drug stories and stock prices and heard the denial of care stories from insurers as they report to shareholders so again that adds to it and makes the battle a bit more difficult at times. BD
ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs - almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society.
It’s not surprising that healthcare tops many Americans' concerns and is at the center of a political firestorm in our nation's Capitol.
But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system.
ESCAPE FIRE examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. This film follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about a way out, about saving the health of a nation.
The film is being directed and produced by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. With a team at HBO, the filmmakers collaborated for two years on the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated HBO series, THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT, which aired in May 2009.
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