So a couple of weeks ago, the chickie and I managed to watch a “copy” of Michael Moore’s Sicko (now now, he stated that he doesn’t mind…) over at a buddy’s place and I would have to say that for the most part, I enjoyed the film. However, if you really keep in touch with the way most of the world views health care and the way we view health care, there really isn’t much of a surprise in the film. If you managed to have lived your life in a bubble, you should already know the health care system in this country is dismally broken and it really only serves to make the health care corporations richer and Americans poorer and sicker. Whereas in countries such as Canada, England and France (well heck most of Europe) have a more social aspect to their health care system. Meaning it’s more than likely either funded by the government or comes at an exponentially smaller cost when compared to what one gets charged in this country for health care. In those countries it would seem to me that health care professionals place the health of its citizens over making the large corporations which oversee health management more money.
My only gripe about the movie was that he made absolute sure to paint the US health care system in the worst light possible by highlighting some rather horrid cases. Then at the same time, painting Cuba, Canada, England and France in the best light possible by extolling the virtues of their socialized health care systems and talking about such things as government sponsored nannies. It doesn’t really paint accurate pictures of both situations and as in the rest of his movies, he really stretches things to attempt to draw the audience into the tale he is attempting to weave. I’ve been to the doctor regularly, I’ve been in hospitals and I would have to say that aside from the long waits, I’ve only had to pay my deductibles and have always had amazing service done. Granted I have not had major surgery yet, I have been in for what seemed to be a rather scary heart condition and came out of things ok all with some pretty hefty medical bills that my insurance promptly and completely took care of. Then I’ve talked to friends from outside the country who have had to wait ages for surgeries or have had surgeries to badly performed they’ve had to fly into the States to get fixed up. I’ve also known individuals whom did not have insurance get immediate and excellent health care for some rather serious conditions as well via charity care.
The question is how do we as a nation properly fix the shit we’ve put ourselves into with health care? Do we abolish all HMOs and all their ilk? Do we just line up all of the lawyers and lobbyists and shoot them in the head one by one? Do we mandate a government based health plan? Do we put more of the health care cost on the individual themselves along with some government assistance? Heck, Singapore does just that and they’ve got the best health care in the world, well according to the World Health Organization that is.
Honestly, I’d be all up for that last one only because the more we put the responsibility on ourselves to take care of our own health, the better off we would be in the first place. Fuck, if I knew I would have to fork over a wad of dough because my cholesterol went up from eating crap and not exercising, you better fucking believe I would never step foot in a Mickey D’s again and get my tubby ass into a gym pronto. I’d imagine in our society it’s just easier to pay your deductible, wait 30 minutes for your doctor to look at you for 5 minutes, be prescribed a few dozen of the lastest pills to hit the market, drive over to the mega mart, and then scarf down the cholesterol pills with your Big Mac with that big honking diet soda of course!