Jun 29, 2008
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to know more about our health care system. I read a lot of news from around the world and I try to stay on top of what is happening in places like Zimbabwe, Dafur, and Pakistan, and we get a lot of propaganda from our govt about those countries and others,but sometimes I wonder if the propaganda our gov't feeds us is a way to control us with disinformation. They are always telling us how much better we have it all the way around over here and I am not convinced that that is true anymore. They try to tell us we get the best medical care in the world because it isn't universal coverage, but that is just not true. I like what one old guy in England said, "If you can find the money to kill people, you can find money to heal people". France, England, Canada and even Cuba have universal coverage and the garbage we have been told about those medical systems have been false. Cory pulled the movie out and I realized I had not watched it for a long time. All of those countries with national coverage have longer life expectancy's than Americans. A child born in San Salvador has a better chance of not dying in infancy than our own babies in America & 35 other countries can boast the same stats. Incidences of most medical conditions is lower in those other countries, because prevention is really encouraged. Also, in France, Drs get paid by how WELL their patients are. If they can get most of their patients to control diabetes, lower cholesterol, quit smoking, lose weight, etc., they get bonuses. The argument from the doctors standpoint is they won't get paid anything. However one Dr they interviewed lived in a million dollar home, drove a luxury car and had no debt. People over there in general have no debt. They get free health care, dental care, college, a minimum of 5 weeks vacation and if you get hurt your employer pays a percentage and the government pays a percentage but you receive 100% of your pay. They have 24 hr Drs who make house calls at no charge to you. The preschools are about $1.00 an hour. The govt will send a baby sitter to your home when you have newborns and little ones to sit for the mom so she can have some time away. It was 2 days a week for 4 hours for one woman and while the Nanny is there, she will fix a meal or do some laundry because her job is to help out the family and teach them how to handle situations that might arise in child rearing. In England there were no long waits in the ER and the cashier/business office is not a place to pay your bill, but a guy who gives those who qualify reimbursement for their traveling expenses to the hospital. They showed a guy behind a window GIVING OUT CASH.
A woman in the film said that in France and England the govt is afraid of the people uprising, but in America we are afraid of our govt and that is true. We are constantly concerned about what our govt will or won't do that will hurt us even more in some way. A man in England said that a healthy, educated and confident nation of people is harder to govern, but that keeping people feeling hopeless and pessimistic was easier for our govt because you have a terrified populace that is to afraid to act. We are afraid to lose our jobs, because of ins, student loans, huge debt, etc so we toil away at jobs we hate in order to keep paying for all that stuff that other countries take for granted as a basic right. Why is our defense budget 647 BILLION dollars? And that does not include the paltry 85 billion we will spend on verterans benefits and services. So, war related expenses are 732 billion dollars. Why do we tolerate that? It is outrageous that we should spend that kind of money on killing people and so damn little on saving people and improving our educational system and everything else that doesn't get funded that should. In the movie one girl was denied benefits from her ins co, because they said she was to young to have some type of cancer she had. I think it was cervical. What does age matter if you have that disease? By time she finished going round and round it was invasive and she was going to canada to get treatments. I think that was the same girl. I get so confused. What I am not confused about is that our constitution tells us that not only is it our right but our obligation to overthrow our government when they are being abusive with their power and I think they have been going to far for far to long.