Sicko - Michael Moore Essay

1066 Words Apr 12th, 2011 5 Pages
Sicko is a 2007 documentary produced, written and directed by the American filmmaker Michael Moore. The film investigates the United States health cares system, focusing primarily on health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. Moore does not in fact pose questions as to how America should reform its health care however it does suggest many solutions.

Michael Moore depicts the American health care system as one that contains many flaws. He goes on to show different people who have not been able to afford the ridiculous sum of money to perform certain procedures. While scrutinizing the American health care system Michael ventures to Canada, France, Cuba and Great Britain in an attempt to compare health insurance and pharmaceuticals.
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Moore goes on to show a man who has had an operation and 3 months of paid sick leave. As he is not ready to go back to work his doctor writes him a note and he is able to get another 3 months paid sick leave. Moore shows him lounging in the South of France on a very expensive holiday. What this documentary did not show audiences is that the French could not afford this and in 2004 the French Health Minister told the government that the health system has gone mad and is in urgent need of reform. The French health care has a shortage of $2.7 billion.

There is no doubt that Cuba contains some world class medical facilities and this is seen through the treatment of the 9/11 rescue workers. The audience is persuaded that Cuba possesses better medical facilities than America. Nowhere does the documentary maker mention the flourishing Cuban industry of “health tourism”. A system in which foreigners who are willing to pay cash for anything from brain-surgery to dental work can purchase a level of treatment that’s unavailable to the majority of the Cubans with no hard currency at their disposal. “Cubans should be treated the same as foreigners. Cubans have fewer rights in their own country than foreigners who visit here” (Doctor Hilda