Michael Moore Sicko Analysis

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The American Healthcare System is a jumbled mess of privatization, bureaucracy, corruption, and greed. It’s rare to find an individual of the U.S who is actually a fan of the current system in place, so it gets you wondering why haven’t we changed it yet? Well, the answer is not as straightforward as one might think. In Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, “Sicko”, Moore attempts to expose the root problems that plague our system, and while I truly do agree with his opinions, I must say out of conscious that there were some facts that were omitted. Nonetheless, the United States Healthcare System is fundamentally flawed to its very core, from its commodification of its citizen’s basic health, to the stipulation in place for acquiring healthcare. …show more content…
Healthcare System is riddled with far too common anecdotes of individuals not being able to afford the care the need. Left and right we are presented with frustration from these individuals about the system, even those who had quality health care were plagued with debt and not being able to acquire the treatment they needed. Healthcare is a privilege, not a right of the citizens in this country. In 2012, 80 million Americans said they had skipped or delayed getting needed health care or filling prescriptions because of the cost. More than a quarter (28 percent) of adults with a chronic health condition said they had skipped doses or not filled a prescription for their health condition because of the cost (ACA international, 2013). These are not statistics we should be seeing from a highly developed country like the U.S. It’s sickening to see that we allow these sorts of things to happen. Some of these people even have insurance, but as Moore states in his video, the deductibles for these private insurance companies can be so outrageously high that the individual simply can not pay them off. No one, no matter the status of the individual, should be deterred to seek professional medical care in a system whose sole purpose is to help those in …show more content…
The drug companies, the doctors, and the private insurance companies all choose their own prices, and more often than not, this results in a huge markup on the cost of care. According to Squires and Anderson (2015), “[The] U.S. spent 17.1 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare in 2013. This was almost 50 percent more than the next-highest spender (France, 11.6% of GDP) and almost double what was spent in the U.K. (8.8%). U.S. spending per person was equivalent to $9,086 (not adjusted for inflation).” Interestingly enough, both of those countries have universal healthcare systems and are consistently ranked way above us in terms of health care, sitting at 1st and 18th in the world respectively; while the U.S is at a shameful 37th according to the World Health Organization. With all of this ridiculous spending on a system that doesn’t even cover a third of its citizens, all the while plunging nearly half of the population into debt, one might have the gall to question where all of these funds are going to. The answer is pretty straightforward; it either goes straight into the pockets of the affluent individuals who run this whole shebang, or it 's wasted on marked up products and procedures, but then again, how else are doctors supposed to pay back their outrageous medical school

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