Healthcare for the Poor

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Health Care for the Poor

John Q is an emotionally filled movie based on the vicious effects of a private health care system, played by Denzel Washington. The movie focuses on the concerns surrounding the quality of healthcare available for low and middle class families in the United States. It also touches on the attitudes of less empathetic individuals that run hospital administration and health insurance companies. Denzel plays a dad who cannot afford a heart transplant for his son who has an enlarged heart condition. The couple gets little to no sympathy or help from the attending physician and the hospital administrator. Out of desperation he snaps and holds a group of people at the hospital’s emergency room
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Shortly after that, he informs the rest of the hostages that he plans on killing himself and donating his heart to his son. Fortunately he does not result in shooting himself because his wife Denise informs him that there was a young woman involved in a road accident and her blood is compatible with Mikes’. Luckily the woman is an organ donor and she was being flown to that hospital to begin organ recovery. This not only save Mike’s life, but it also saves John’s who was planning on committing suicide to his son. He is eventually prosecuted for kidnapping but is supported by the witnesses and is acquitted for most of the charges for kidnapping.
Knowledge and Power from chapter 3 of the textbook, is an aspect that was touched in this movie. The book describes Knowledge and Power as when “ physicians are unassailable because the have knowledge and abilities that others don’t have.” (Du Pre’, 2014) During a scene in the movie, one of the hostages a young ER doctor explains to John that his son’s condition was not previously diagnosed because HMO pays doctors’ not to test and diagnose expensive medical conditions. Knowledge and Power apply here because physicians and insurance companies are well aware of the exclusions and its negative impact but do not warn the consumers. This film brings light to the ongoing suffering and hopelessness of the poor and middle class to acquiring essential amenities such
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