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Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care.

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  • Rita_sms

    after seeing this documentary, i think human's right watch sould go to america....at least in my country health is equally offered to everyone, even if it takes time. i think the difference between usa and europe is that here we still care about others, and are most of the times happy to help others. isn't a medical quote : never deny health care to those in need???!??! god bless europe!!

  • Sol

    someones mad.......

  • rambunctious cow

    Well i think canada works for many reasons.   Yes you have to wait - if your matter is not urgent....or you don't choose to follow advice..... However, if it's life threatening or will really ruin your quality of life, you can access the best care, equally offered to the rich or poor as fast as you need it.

    I work in and have accessed health care here (in excess) as a 42 year old stage 4 cancer survivor. I've also had multiple concussions, knee injuries, other illnesses. My family has received the best possible care with spinal cord, head injuries, chronic illnesses and mental health issues. I've also provided health care services to the homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill on skid row.  When we needed it - care was there and the quality of care was leading edge. Even on skid row.  Living in British Columbia, Canada offers the best chance of surviving cancer in the world......In addition we offer some of the best end of life care in the world!  We need to get on top of costs - there's alot of waste and lack of outcomes in some areas but i have NO issue being taxed for the quality of care I've received. I love to know that a low income minority has the same access as i do.

    Please stop insulting each other - we are all entitled to our opinions and shouldn't be slamming each other so blatantly. Life is too short to be angry.

  • Terence

    I love this documentary. Im so happy that our President Barack Obama has implemented the Affordable Health Care Act which is a start to the Universal Health Care we Americans need. All we need is our US Congress to let us at least try it and Im positive we will love it!

  • Guest

    spare me the sob stories, u fat Moore

  • Guest

    HAHA, all of America isn't LA, NYC, and Chiocago contrary to what HollyWood and the media shows you.  Yes, I wouldn't live in those places either.  But I live in a very rural part of Nebraska, where people don't even lock their doors.....our town doesn't even have it's own local police department...not much crimes, and drugs here, buddy.  And I agree about the China point.  Simple sollution:  STOP SPENDING MONEY.  Do what Ron Paul suggested, and return To A Gold Standard.  End the nanny, welfare state, cut taxes and stop spending. 

  • Guest

    good for u, and the, like 100 other people who live in Canada, LOL

  • Chappy715

    Do you realize that you are 15 trillion dollars in debt, if China decides they want their money back one day you will instantly become a third world country. Not that you aren't already well on your way there, it's sad to see that your last few governments have ruined your country and you will be very lucky to ever straighten out the mess they have left for their children. China's economy grows at over ten percent per year and will soon surpass you as the world's superpower.

  • Chappy715

     Whatever bud America is a cesspool of drugs, crime, and filth.You can't even walk the streets of your own cities for fear of being mugged.

  • Yeah

    oh yeah, wallstreet has nothing to do with big businessess... no sir...

  • Titaniumpony2

    yeah, um, im in canada, I would never go to america for health care.I'm sure your quite smart, but don't be dumb, sir.

  • Titaniumpony2

    pfff ,yeah, lets shun them just because they're communist.

  • Gavinreilly2011

    china going to wipe ur ass of the floor soon cant wait hahah fucking yanks

  • Hammer

    scre u and communist Cuba..i don't need the government to decide what type of coverage I need, or should have.  free markets forever..u crazy Irish buffoon

  • cuba

    this doc made me think im glad im no american  im from ierland i work and happy to pay for my ppl that havent got it becaues thay will do the same. America spend money on killing for oil than spending on the own ppl cuba 5 star on health USA not worth a star shocking so much for the rich country in the world rather live in cuba not rich but have the care to even look after americans for free

  • HAMMER

    You sir are the ignorant moron.  You are the brainwashed one, stupid.  Nobody has a "right" to healthcare.  It is npt provided for in the US Constitution.  Anyone is free to purchase, or not purchase any product, in the free market that they wish.  I Am Very Educated, for the record, so nice try.  I do not believe in socialism, or communism.  I don't want to pay for your care, nor do I wish for you to pay for mine.  If I chose to buy private insurance, I want to buy as much, or as little, as I like, not what is "mandated" by the government.  Yes, unlike in socialist Europe, we are free to make our own decisions with our Money, instead of the government making those choices for us, through taxation, and spending.  Every tax you pay, is actually giving up more rights.  I hope they apeal Obamacare.  Most of the country is against it (look it up).  Businesses don't control my life.  Who do u think owns the businesses?  We do.  Moronic idiot

  • Robbiemorrissey

     My God , Universal Healthcare is not communism you moron. You make me want to cry with your brainwashed stupidity. Everyone should have the right to be looked after , what is the crime in that? No , US does not have the best system. You have a worse health record than Cuba which is a third world country! You know nothing , you are an ignorant , selfish and uneducated person who is frightened of helping anyone but himself. Your country is labeled as the land of the free , but nobody is really free unless they are free to live without the worry of paying for health. No business should ever be in control of your life.

  • HAMMER

    Ya, that's why people From World Over come here to see the best doctors.  My Canadian friends come across to the US because they are tired of waiting in Canada.

  • Guest

     Best system? Why is it that you are always at the bottom of every list? like healthcare,education Etc

  • Guest

    As long as you keep fighting  the truth, nothing will change :)

  • Guest

    The end of this movie made me cry. This is pathetic. Here we sit, denouncing socialism, while the French and English and Canadians are looking at us like we're idiots. For every person who denounces equal access to healthcare, congratulations..the health insurance companies didn't even need to pay you off. If these things were right, they wouldn't need the BIGGEST LOBBY IN THE US to keep things status quo. One day, I hope, we will have this period in history books as America's dark ages..seduced by corporate big wigs into letting them profit billions at the expense of the rest of us. Let me ask you this, what is the point of letting one man have 1 billion dollars? What the hell can he buy that is better than giving 100,000 people the ability to live another day? Shame on us.

  • DISQ8077

    because I don't need the government to decide for me, what I need.  I want to keep As Much Of my Money as possible, to decide for myself how to spend It..free markets, baby..and Moore is a far left communist

  • Lucas M

    To put things in perspective: would you like to pay for elementary school? Would you like to pay for EVERY road you use? Would you like to pay for the police to find the person that robbed your house, raped your sister, shot your dog? The thing is: you do, as soon as you pay taxes. Why not pay for a decent health care system? Yes, government controlled, but for a good reason: to cut out the middle men, which in this case are the insurance companies who have only one goal: to make as much money and to reject as many claims as possible. To all of you out there who stopped thinking about these things a long time ago: start thinking again. It's worth it.

  • Guest

    Is that right, fagget(purposely misspelled to avoid spam folder)?   fuck u asshole

  • Sir

    Dude there's no point arguing with idiots, they just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience; and this richbatra guy seems to be the idiot of idiots.

  • Guest

    is that why we can nuke any country we want off the map?   go fuck yourself, communist...u mad, bro?   hahaha u asshole

  • Guest

    is that why we can nuke any country we want off the map?   go fuck yourself, communist...u mad, bro?   hahaha u asshole

  • JPAPERZ

    If its soo stupid, why do you keep commenting? Its because the truth is hurting you and the higher ups..... FUCK YOU

  • JPAPERZ

    Your an asshole.... I wonder which health insurance company paid you to write all this garbage?

  • JPAPERZ

    Our taxes pay for it dickhead.... Read a book

  • JPAPERZ

    Sheeple.... and America is not the richest, its one of the poorest... The us dollar is worth .04 cents 

  • JPAPERZ

    We pay for it through taxes numb nuts

  • Danny5651

    great lesson Michael More thank you for investing your time in it

  • Guest

    Thats why US is the most powerful country, u dumbass.  The American system is best and Im proud to be American

  • Guest

    It is a stupid movie by a fat fucking far left asshole

  • Guest

    If someone wants something they should pay for it

  • Guest

    communism is bad...USA has the best system..fuck Moore, that fat slob

  • Guest

    The American system is the best and I'm glad they're moving in that direction in England.  Services should never be, nor ever are "free".  Someone has to pay for it. 

  • Guest

    it is socialism and wrong

  • Dodgepot

    America is a wonderful country, along with its people, but I would hate to be poor there.   Here in the UK, I fear we are heading down the way of the American model of  health care with our new Health and Social Bill threatening to dismantle the NHS as we know it. It is privatisation by the back door. You only have to look at what's happened in Surrey, with Virgin now largely running healthcare services. With the profit motive being a principle driver, how much longer will services be 'free at the point of delivery' I wonder?

  • R100

    Even If I pay national insurance tax for 100 years it'll never equate to 72,000! What a country. 

  • R100

    By the way, as a UK tax payer I pay about £11 a week in National Insurance tax. That covers me for anything I ever need. I'd rather pay that than $72,000 to get the ends of 2 of my fingers stitched back on. Do the maths, it's a no brainer.

  • R100

    The parts filmed in Europe made me proud to be from the UK. If all you took from that video was "communism" then I am astounded at how effective brain washing can be. Ronald Reagan speaks out against socialised health care? An actor with a script helped convince a whole nation to fuck it's self in the ass. That's embarrassing. 
    I feel a great sense of sympathy for the rational Americans that are trapped by idiotic, ill informed views of the manipulated majority.Plus I will never check this discussion again so think twice before wasting your time with "statements".  

  • Serpiente1984

    To say that "not everyone is entitled" ..shows enough hate and inhumanity on the sentence alone, to let everyone be without health care just for one ridiculous statement as that one, ,,This Documentary is Great and should be of primary interest.

  • Real Estate Croatia

    All is well told

  • The Engineer

    Sure everyone is not entitled to "free" health care by others but this is not a question of entitlement; it is a question of integrity and responsibility as a human being. You may not believe that everyone has the right to a "free" education but I'm sure that either you or the majority of your friends would not be here without public school. I don't care if you use this forum to put yourself on some kind of pedestal because no one will see this. Some of the greatest innovators and entrepreneurs needed public education and didn't have the privilege of attending a private school. Imagine if they were not "entitled" to a "free" education. I know you wouldn't want everyone to be as healthy as you and that makes you feel "special" but it is inhumane to not care about others. How many of our great inventors and historical icons (democratic, republican, independent, etc) have we killed off because they couldn't afford to live to become what they could have been? I think health care should be universal not because of a partisan ideology (my party doesn't teach me how to think)  but because it would be beneficial to all parties.

  • Hans Lauritzen

    To all of you who have commented against a documentary that not only shows how life can be better, but of how politics create enemies, who no matter what, lend their hands for help, is a complete selfish incompetent. Michael Moore has proved once more of the political system that reigns in America. Those who comment "communism" have no idea what a socialist society is. Michael Moore excluded one country that has an even better health care than France. A country that I come from, and I am proud of. I prefer ten thousand times to live in an equal socialist society, where no poverty exists and where everybody has the same rights as everybody else. Anyone who thinks different than this and prefers an unequal capitalist society cannot call it democracy. USA is a perfect example of how primitive and antihuman the government is and I hope more soon than later that the Republicans stop cutting Obamas budget for giving once and for all, the necessary rights for health to everybody. Norway my friends should be your example. And incredibly Cuba has better health system than USA even after a 40 year old economic block. For those of you who think that a socialist society is like USSR is seriously an idiot.
    And by the way is not the first time that Nixon f**cks something up. I wish that Michael Moore could make a documentary of the injustice of the Nixon`s presidency and CIA involvment in Latin America and how he destroy democracies such as Chile in 73´. After the 2 World War the US government has overthrown more than 50 governments, 38 of them Democracies. Serously, stop getting into others businesses!

  • Franplusu

    How wonderfully put together, and by the way my washing machine is broke, can someone please do my laundry

  • Mike

    Great piece of research by Michael Moore, thank you! Shows just how fragmented and self serving American politics really is.  That is born out in some of the more 'lurid' comments from some feeble minded individuals that are under the impression they haven't been brain washed!  Time to wake up and smell the 'political coffee'... it's putrid to the core!

  • Amiliand1

    Thank you for the heads up Gladen5.

  • Gladen5

    Amiliand1 just ignore any comments from richbatra, I think he/she is a kid who ticked the box for email notification on a comment and now responds every time anyone posts.  It is a shame there is not a reporting button on this forum, he/she would be my first.

  • Amiliand1

    Sorry kids... Did we watch the same movie? Micheal isn't a communist and this movie isn't about communism. It's actually a very insightful way of seeing how ridiculously selfish Americans can be. I would prefer to pay a little more taxes knowing I would recieve 'round the clock health care for the duration of my life regardless of how extensive my conditions were. Even further I would love to know that a neighbor received treatment after a car crash without any problem at all.  Don't you think it would be much better to receive the best care possible without having to check your bank account first? 

    AND just maybe if people had the option to go to college without having to worry about the funding, don't you suppose there would be a higher ratio of college graduates?
    But Americans would rather have their lower class stay that way. Stupid! What Americans say is if you can't afford it, you can't have it. It's bullshit.

    OH and by the way "BUSH" bailed wallstreet out the last year of his term....
    Guess who's paying for that bailout....YOU MORON!!!!
    It's coming out of your taxes! Even after all the representatives from the house voted NO! He still did it. Yea Bush rules alright. He rules as the worst president in history.

  • Guest

    STUPID MOVIE

  • Guest

    SHUT UP!  PRESIDENT BUSH RULES!

  • Hammer

    Good, that's what people are supposed to do..work..college is not an entitlement

  • Guest

    This is English?

  • Hammer

    Idiot, first Learn to write..you should write "ashamed" not ashame..Learn proper grammar.  Second, this is the only country where one is free to decide what to do with your Money, not a slave to a government run nanny state.  If u want medical care, pay for it..don't expect me to, and I won't expect u to pay for me

  • Hammer

    then get lost..we don't want u here communist.

  • Hammer

    Ya, that's why we are the most powerful country In The World, and where everyone wants to come, u faggot.  I don't care what u think about my country, u bum.  The problem with people like you is you think everything is free.  There is no free healthcare.  Your neighbors are paying for it, u dumbass.  You are  a slave to an entitlement society.  I'd rather keep More Of my Money, to be free to decide how to spend The Same, rather than having the government decide for me what to do With my Money.  communist 

  • che bella

    hey douchebag america is great nation full of clownish crappy fat arrogant ignorant tasteless idiots. I am so glad I am not from America. I am so glad I can get free healthcare. Its such a tragedy there are so many pigs like you in America.

    Ciao

  • Liberalssuck

    When there is a will there is a way. My child was sick and the first specialist we saw, may I add who was ALSO a surgeon, recommended we take out the colon when the child has been sick for only 4 months. We had good insurance, insurance would pay for most of it. Thanks to finding blogs of people with the same illness we found changing diet and taking a few supplements healed the child. Had we been without good insurance, not sure ANYONE would have suggested we mutilate the child for life. Had we been the type to do whatever the doctor said, and not been able to understand how to search for alternatives, our wonderful insurance would have been the clincher in doctors permanently physically harming our child. Having "good" healthcare IS deceiving. And is certainly not the answer to having people cared for properly. Orthodox medicine does not recognize the effect diet and supplements, the national "colon" foundation stated at that time that "diet just has not been proven to have an effect on colon disease." Seeeriously? How dumb do they think we are? So what the national "colon" foundation says is...what goes through your digestive tract has NOTHING to do with how the digetive tract functions. They state, we have not studied this enough NOR do we plan to study it. So you'd better ask your neighbor what he did with diet THAT WORKED, because WE PROMISE you will NEVER find it HERE! 

  • Sashee78

    I just watched this movie yesterday in class. And I walked out feeling ashame to be an America. never did I think, I would feel this way. It was such a slap in the face to really realize how our health care system works, and the greed by these companies and corporate America.

    What is so great about this country? You work all your life and through it accumulating and paying off debts. I know it's part if life, but to think, that at old age you might become homeless because of medical debts. I ask myself when are we going to do SOmething!!!!!
    Why aren't we doing it now?

  • Trucountrygrl

    Ive decided to think about moving to france thanks to this video. America sucks.

  • Guest

    My life has been shaped by American health policy. My father had cancer twice when he was young and because of the debt was unable to return to college. He had no other choice but to work to pay off that debt. My whole childhood was spent in the shadow of that debt - no one can tell me that's right.

  • Dave

    The guy who succeed to get is girl operation cause he talked about the next film of Michael Moore. Wow for that only, it was all worth it.  

  • Dave

    This is a wonderful movie.  I'm so happy that people get more and more awake everyday. To know what's happening give us the power to change it.  And what a wonderful experience to compare with other countries.

  • Guest

    spare me the whining kids and shit

  • Guest

    spare me the sob stories

  • Guest

    screw the socialist Bristish system

  • Guest

    spare me...Moore sucks

  • Guest

    do u think i care what this fat fool thinks?

  • Guest

    i hate Moore this fat moron

  • Guest

    repeal Obamacare

  • guest

    The people of the United States have so much more power than they realize.  Americans love parades.  Well if it so easy to band together to produce a parade, how much more difficult would it be to band together to march on Washington?  They have forgotten that it has already been done and changed the political will in Washington.  Just look back in history to the Vietnam war.  Marching ex military, and civilians went to Washington in droves and eventually forced the politicians to the table in France for peace talks.  It was one of the largest mass demonstration in the history of the US and was very fruitful.  It could be done over their abysmal health system. I hesitate to call it health 'care' system since it is all about the might buck. 
    THE BIGGEST LEGACY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION LEFT WERE ALL THE LIES TOLD AFTER 9/11 CONCERNING IRAQI AND THE INCREDIBLE RHETORIC OVER THE 9/11 RESCUE WORKERS.  PLUS THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK SHOULD HANG HIS HEAD IN SHAME.  NO RESCUE WORKER SHOULD BE SCRAMBLING TO FIND THE MONEY AND HELP NEEDED TO LIVE ANY SEMBLANCE OF A NORMAL LIFE AFTER SUSTAINING ILLNESSES DUE TO THEIR EXPOSURE TO THE TOXINS OF 9/11.  FINALLY THE INCREDIBLE GREED SHOWN BY THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES IN THE US IS ABSOLUTELY APPALLING.  HOW DO THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT?  I HOPE....NOT VERY WELL 

  • guest

    GOD BLESS YOU MICHEAL MOORE

  • guest

    omg just watching this documentary......so much callousness, cruelty and greed in the 'establishment'.....it is absolutely disgusting.  So much rhetoric that in the long run means NOTHING!!  WHEN, WHEN, WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO GET FED UP AND FIGHT BACK?  HOW MUCH MORE IS IT GOING TO TAKE?!

  • guest

    Oh Yah, you might be interested to know that I also found out that the emerg doctor was paid a little over $300 for seeing our family member and so the hospital must have been paid over $700.  Wow!  What the heck did the hospital do except supply general antibacterial medicine, a building and room to see the patient and one person to take down the insurance info
    AN EDUCATED, HEALTHY POPULATION IS EASIER TO CONTROL.  HMMMM, THIS DOES SOUND LIKE A LITTLE COMMON SENSE.
    COME ON......PEOPLE, YOU ARE BEING DUPED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.   I am encouraged by the handful of people in New York right now that are picketing the Wall Street greedies.  Just think what happened near the end of the Vietnam War.  Thousands of people marched on Washington to stop the war.  It worked and put enough pressure on the president and his cronies to go to the bargaining table in France to end the war.
    It can be done for health care too.  People just need to stand up for their rights. 

  • guest

    We visited the United States recently.  A family member wound up with a bad eye infection and at the time the only health care facility available to us was a hospital emergency room.  The family member was in the hospital no longer than one hour and it cost over $1,000.  The reason I know this, is because I asked our travel insurance carrier how much the visit and eye drops cost.  Yes, there is absolutely no way we would ever travel in the States without travel insurance from our country in Canada.  By the way, my husband had a heart attack and was in a hospital in my country within a week for open heart surgery.  We do pay for health insurance here through our taxes.  I think everyone should have health insurance and I am sorry the insurance companies in your country sound very corrupt.
    Elective surgery has a longer wait time but emergencies, like heart surgery, are done in a very timely fashion.
    Our doctors are paid very well and wait times in emergencies are not long.  Certainly within reason.
    The British health system is very much the same and  IT ALL WORKS VERY WELL FOR EVERYONE.
    As long as the peoples in a country put up with a system, it will continue.

  • Chrissy

    I was in tears by the end of this program. Saddend by what is really going on out there. How can we be so blinded by this? Why have the American people put up with this? Why havent we taken a stand? What happend to the people of the goverment, wall street,  big corperate business, Do they have a heart or morals, what is wrong with them? We need to stop the GREED> WE MUST TAKE A STAND

  • Ak

    uk, france, germany, sweden etc all have great technology and and yes they have great access to health care. dont listen to fox news propaganda.

  • ....

    I dont know all the truth about politics and health care ( in any country), but I know that U.S is really vicious with this thing of health care. But dont you all think that even with this issue of health care, isn't U.S the best country in the world (in all its aspects) or that's what we learn in school ??  or is it all the truth about other countries' health care revealed ?? Maybe in other countries health is free, but is the quality good, the access, technology?? Please answer and make my thoughts clearer.

  • Guest

    I'm sick and tired of this greedy, greedy, greedy country. How can politicians, wall street, the one percent, and all the "powers that be" not give a damn about its people?! I want to move out of this country for over 20 years now, after watching this I am on a quest to get the fucc outta here!!! Its pure insanity in this country, horrific insanity!!!!

  • Gladen5

    I live in Australia, our health care system is the same as Canada's. I lived in the US for two years.  A friend of mine was bitten by a Recluse spider, his medical bill was $3,700 for an anti venom injection.   I was shocked.  Americans need to wake up and start a revolution against the corporate system. There are enough of you, if only you can get over your nationalism and patriotism to a flag and country that does not honour your people.  

  • Alethea Heart


    I have got to get out of this place!!!!! 

  • Gingposhad

    Canada's Healthcare Isn't perfect but after seeing this, I will no longer complain. I mean I'd rather wait 4 hours in a waiting room than pay $12,000 any day! That being said, they're not going to make anyone with a serious injury wait. When i'd go there for illness/ mental health it would be a long wait. However when I fell and split my chin open (wasn't even bleeding that badly) It only took about 20 minutes to see a doctor and get tit stitched up.

  • Peggy

    Very well spoken, I couldn't have explained it better myself...!  Unfortunately, it is a sad truth - what ever happened Non-profit Insurers?  There should be a law!

  • Peggy

    Well done Michael...

  • Spookydiddle

    funny that the world health organization lists the US well down the page in spot 59 and well behind Cuba, that is in #1 and Canada that is number 3,  but they probably don't know as well as Cuban immigrants seduced by the American equal opportunity to be gluttons.   Or do you also talk to Canadian Refugees that say there is no health care there either.  Can't take care of your own.

  • Laguan

    Man this is just sad...
    I live in Canada and its not really true that you wait for 3 weeks for a MRI. The hospital is not retarded, they have something called "PRIORITY" obviously they'll take the priors first than just cold patients.

    Health care is not a luxury, its a mandatory 

  • Santa

    i'm so sorry for the american people.
    Question:why should Moore lie in his documentaries?He is an american.I read some comments that make me laught.Someone wrote that the free health care belong to the comunist countries.England,France,Germany,Japan,etc are communist countries? :)) I don't think so.
    I'm from Romania,a east european country and as all off europeans we don't hate american people,we only ask ourselfs how naive are the people from US.
    The only foult they have is that they are blindly obey the government.
    Knowledge is power and will open you eyes.So start to read some books.

  • Rosegarth

    That's so untrue it's insulting. I'm british and the health service here refuses NOBODY, regardless of their contributions or utility to society. For goodness sake do your research before making a comment like that...even my irish 91 year old semi-deaf and forgetfull grandfather got comprehensive treatment and as I said, he's Irish so he's never paid a single penny towards the UK.

  • Sad to be an American

    I am ashamed to be an American after watching this movie!! We the people of the US should have the same health care system as Canada, France, Great Britian and Cuba.... We need to revolt against these greedy politicians that run our country and teach them a lesson on how some of those "enemy" countries THEY told us were bad for all of these years run their UNITED UNIVERSAL health care system!! I beg God to bless America and to forgive our politicians for their greed!!!!

  • Able

    The American people are generally really clever. It's strange that their health system is so backwards.

  • Able

    The American people are generally really clever. It's strange that their health system is so backwards.

  • Able

    The American people are generally really clever. It's strange that their health system is so backwards.

  • Able

    The American people are generally really clever. It's strange that their health system is so backwards.

  • Guest

    Yeah, keep telling yourself that they come to U.S. for health care. Thats a joke right?

  • Guest

    Yeah, keep telling yourself that they come to U.S. for health care. Thats a joke right?

  • Guest

    Oh how ignorant you are..

  • Guest

    Oh how ignorant you are..

  • Guest

    I saw this documentary in 2008 and decided to watch it again.. Although I've always been proud and greatful of our health care system in my country (Finland) this documentary reminded me yet again how lucky we are as a nation to have such a great health care system.
    I feel sorry for the USA in this subject because their health care is in the hands of big pharma, those massive, greedy corporations.

  • Guest

    I saw this documentary in 2008 and decided to watch it again.. Although I've always been proud and greatful of our health care system in my country (Finland) this documentary reminded me yet again how lucky we are as a nation to have such a great health care system.
    I feel sorry for the USA in this subject because their health care is in the hands of big pharma, those massive, greedy corporations.

  • briterfuture23

    Wow this definitely makes me sad to be an american

  • briterfuture23

    Wow this definitely makes me sad to be an american

  • Fd5587

    i know many cubans that have arrived recently, they all laughed when i asked them about the health care.  There is no medicine in cuba.  Gimme a break micheal, cuba, really?

  • Fd5587

    i know many cubans that have arrived recently, they all laughed when i asked them about the health care.  There is no medicine in cuba.  Gimme a break micheal, cuba, really?

  • Fd5587

    middle cast is not $8000 dollars a month!

  • Fd5587

    middle cast is not $8000 dollars a month!

  • Asd

    Most hate and confusion is generated by only a several individuals with power. 

  • Asd

    Most hate and confusion is generated by only a several individuals with power. 

  • Anna Arrambide

    I saw this documentary at school. Everyone should watch it.

  • Anna Arrambide

    I saw this documentary at school. Everyone should watch it.

  • Disciple1333

    Wow, Michael Moore Hit another home run. Thank You Mr. Moore for debunking the myths We as Americans have of other countries. Thank You for The Movie Sicko because it showed us the Humanity some "enemies" have for Their Natives as Well as The Love Their Citizens have for America. I felt tears come to My eyes when I saw The Honor The Cuban Fire Department gave To The 911 Rescue Workers. Thank You and your staff for dispelling The Myths We as Americans have been fed for too long. You're a Blessed Man Mr.Moore for Blessing The Gentleman with (Your Detractor) with $12,000 for His sick Wife.  God Bless Dog Eat Dog Films  

  • Disciple1333

    Wow, Michael Moore Hit another home run. Thank You Mr. Moore for debunking the myths We as Americans have of other countries. Thank You for The Movie Sicko because it showed us the Humanity some "enemies" have for Their Natives as Well as The Love Their Citizens have for America. I felt tears come to My eyes when I saw The Honor The Cuban Fire Department gave To The 911 Rescue Workers. Thank You and your staff for dispelling The Myths We as Americans have been fed for too long. You're a Blessed Man Mr.Moore for Blessing The Gentleman with (Your Detractor) with $12,000 for His sick Wife.  God Bless Dog Eat Dog Films  

  • Brianna Lina Galvan

    I'm really glad I watched this ... makes me sad how selfish American politicians and how our health care system is but I would rather be knowledgeable than live in ignorance! I wish I was more vocal and brave. Thank you Mr. Moore for all the work that you do!

  • Brianna Lina Galvan

    I'm really glad I watched this ... makes me sad how selfish American politicians and how our health care system is but I would rather be knowledgeable than live in ignorance! I wish I was more vocal and brave. Thank you Mr. Moore for all the work that you do!

  • Tashakeitt

    People in american are so selfish til it makes no sense. All other countries are doing their thing and helping each other while we are fighting about money. Get a life ppl I'm going to France as well!

  • Tashakeitt

    People in american are so selfish til it makes no sense. All other countries are doing their thing and helping each other while we are fighting about money. Get a life ppl I'm going to France as well!

  • Aly

     I gotta say, even though America is a thriving country, their medical procedures really SUCKS. I had an accident there when I was 8, I was waiting in the emergency room with my aunt for 5 hours and the "brilliant" doctors x-rayed it and said, "It was just a bump, no worries." (It costs about 25,000 just telling us that).They just plastered a cast on my arm and send me back home but when I got back to the Philippines, the doctors there told me I had dislocated my arm and tissues had already formed around my bones. My doctors are from Philippines and we live in a third world country. So before you could make fun of Third World Countries, ask yourselves why our doctors don't give wrong medical diagnostics like yours.

  • Aly

     I gotta say, even though America is a thriving country, their medical procedures really SUCKS. I had an accident there when I was 8, I was waiting in the emergency room with my aunt for 5 hours and the "brilliant" doctors x-rayed it and said, "It was just a bump, no worries." (It costs about 25,000 just telling us that).They just plastered a cast on my arm and send me back home but when I got back to the Philippines, the doctors there told me I had dislocated my arm and tissues had already formed around my bones. My doctors are from Philippines and we live in a third world country. So before you could make fun of Third World Countries, ask yourselves why our doctors don't give wrong medical diagnostics like yours.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    They don't. You're full of crap.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And you are an ignorant simpleton, child.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And you are an ignorant simpleton, child.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And you are an ignorant simpleton, child.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

     You are a moron and a clown

  • H.P. Loathecraft

     You are a moron and a clown

  • H.P. Loathecraft

     You are a moron and a clown

  • H.P. Loathecraft

     You are a moron and a clown

  • H.P. Loathecraft

     You are a moron and a clown

  • Jureviciuscrazy

    He could work more than 1 job. Many people do it. My mom worked 3 jobs for a while to support my siblings and I. You do what you do to support your family, including sacrifice your own freedom.

  • Jureviciuscrazy

    He could work more than 1 job. Many people do it. My mom worked 3 jobs for a while to support my siblings and I. You do what you do to support your family, including sacrifice your own freedom.

  • Jureviciuscrazy

    He could work more than 1 job. Many people do it. My mom worked 3 jobs for a while to support my siblings and I. You do what you do to support your family, including sacrifice your own freedom.

  • Mary Cohill

    I HAD TO WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR MY INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE COURSE FOR COLLEGE. THIS VIDEO IS VERY SHOCKING TO ME. HE BROUGHT THE TRUTH OF WHAT IS REAL IN AMERICA PRESENTLY. IT IS A VERY SAD SITUATION AND I HOPE THIS MAKES A DIFFERENCE; WE REALLY DO NEED A CHANGE!!! I WAS VERY DEEPLY TOUCHED BY THIS DOCUMENTARY. WONDERFUL PRESENTATION MOORE, THANK YOU!
    MARY COHILL

  • Mary Cohill

    I HAD TO WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR MY INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE COURSE FOR COLLEGE. THIS VIDEO IS VERY SHOCKING TO ME. HE BROUGHT THE TRUTH OF WHAT IS REAL IN AMERICA PRESENTLY. IT IS A VERY SAD SITUATION AND I HOPE THIS MAKES A DIFFERENCE; WE REALLY DO NEED A CHANGE!!! I WAS VERY DEEPLY TOUCHED BY THIS DOCUMENTARY. WONDERFUL PRESENTATION MOORE, THANK YOU!
    MARY COHILL

  • Mary Cohill

    I HAD TO WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR MY INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE COURSE FOR COLLEGE. THIS VIDEO IS VERY SHOCKING TO ME. HE BROUGHT THE TRUTH OF WHAT IS REAL IN AMERICA PRESENTLY. IT IS A VERY SAD SITUATION AND I HOPE THIS MAKES A DIFFERENCE; WE REALLY DO NEED A CHANGE!!! I WAS VERY DEEPLY TOUCHED BY THIS DOCUMENTARY. WONDERFUL PRESENTATION MOORE, THANK YOU!
    MARY COHILL

  • Angie

    How can your Dad work 120 hours a week. there are only 168 hours in a week.. do you mean to say that your dad only has 48 hours off??? To do that he would have to work 5 days straight with no sleep..I find that hard to believe!!

  • lowspark56

    That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. To be asked such a complex question the only thing anyone with intelligence could have said was "I don't know". Who can explain why every Representative, Senator, President and Supreme Court Justice thinks what they think or does what they do.
    One can't possibly judge all actions as being in the best interest of special interest groups or that every Representative is being altruistic in their motives. People do what they are going to do for as many reasons as there are elected and appointed politicians.

  • Ashley

    I don't think Michael Moore's intent was to tell us what to think! It should raise more questions. Do you really NEED to be told what to think for yourself?

  • Ashley

    Tim, I love your comment! Our system in the U.S is corrupt and I don't understand why you all are hating on us Americans. I don't hate on you! I don't believe in Socialism but, I do believe when it comes to health we should all be taken care of. As for student loans, they blow! Everyone should work for what they have but not to the point that I've experienced with my parents. My Father works 120 hours a week just to make ends meet. American's are too hard working and don't recieve enough benefits!

  • Kaka

    I'll never understand (most) of you americans. Your nation has spent a lot of time policing the world but injustices in your own nation are rife! It may well only be those on American Right who are complete nutters but here in Europe the only parties with policies similar to the Republicans are the neo nazis and fascist groups! Again I say, what a strange and baffling nation...

  • Danielle Hudak

    This documentary is absolutely genious. I work in the medical field and I was so glad for someone to finally put the spotlight on these crooks in the health insurance industries. As medical workers we need to be out for the well-being of each and every person and unfortunately these bastards in the insurance companies are only out for your wallet not your well-being. I'm moving to France...

  • BUTERA1

    Oh liberal fools... You like Cuba, then move there. Getting rid of you leeches will lower our healthcare cost. You think the poorest of the poor receive quality healthcare? My friends are from Cuba, they damn there own country and you dolts who believe this hyperbole doc, who live here in America or Canada or wherever , think just because this far left whale puts out a biased doc it's true? Right, just like Al Gore's movie has any truth to it.
    Just like Obamaclown is focusing on jobs like a laser beam. Drones!

  • Bpf53

    America is a "Republic" not a Democracy understand the difference, we have the freedom to succeed or to fail on our own two feet. If you free housing, free food and free medical care go to a socialist or communist country where yea you may get free stuff but at a great price your "freedom". The so called countries that give you free medical help yes if you are of a certain age and if in their opinion you are not a burden to society, sorry grandma you don't meet the requirements!

  • Dave P

    If Canadian health care is so good, then why do they all come here for care? Just go to the Palm Springs area and ask any local doctor how many Canadians they see during the winter months because Canadians can not get it in Canada. As far as Cuba, they can't even get toilet people. Don't let a propagandist like Moore fool you. He likes to sugar coat the things he likes, but if push came to shove, he would definitely have his heart surgery here instead of Canada.

  • Matthys

    A wise friend once said: Who are really the sick amongst us? Those who endure unimaginable pain, heartache, disappointment, grief, loss – to be cited as schizophrenic, bipolar, crazy …,those who collapsed after enduring these different traumas (those who have compassion for another, whether he or she are strangers – OR “those” who walk past a battered, bruised and shattered one, maimed and outcast... and who simply doesn’t care, because it doesn’t effect them?

    It is time America wake up and stand for what the world think they are capable off – Isn’t it strange most claim to be God fearing, yet in just about every television program and movie from America their is always the “Oh my God” phrase – yet Christians proclaim to not use the Lord’s name in vain...

    Love one another like yourself, remember – or am I confused?

    My heart goes out to all, no matter where, who are in situations beyond their control. May you all be truly blessed with kindness and goodwill.

    Matthys

  • brandon

    great film. keep them coming.

  • jen

    i dont know dude, i wouldnt say he's rightly working for our sideways, backwards government, honestly id say hes closer to just being a regular citizen like me and you...and answering i dont know to that question doesnt mean he doesnt want to tell all what the governments motives are...i mean this documentary shows that its not only money and power but also maybe perhaps some other form of greed that moves them to continue with the plans and actions worked out to keep us down and fed by media and all that crap...like look at regular tv dude, youre watching a program on mtv which no play dumb shit that doesnt make any rightful sense (@ least to me) and then commercials pop up one after the other..eat this candy its good for you youll be happy ...then! take this pill itll make you thin ..no need to change your diet! you can eat all this crap that we feed you and be skinny bc skinny is healthy...blah blah etc etc...it really is SICK. anyways...this is a pretty well known fucked up issue and we as the people ...the mass of this land should do something about it man...lets rally on the streets or something..im not sure...but yeah..its a toughy peeps. gatta work together.
    <3

  • Bonnie L.

    I have to watch this video for a Midterm paper due next week. We have to write about what the message is to you. Discuss the failures of the US healthcare. Compare and contrast health care in the US and in Cuba. How can the lessons learned from this movie help you in your own professional life? Its time this Country pulls together and starts treating it's people like people. Why have we forgotten over the years how to care for other. The friendly neighbor. Why have we no answers to our governments treatment to us. How can we keep putting the same crapy people in our offices and let them run this country into the ground? Maybe it's not our problem. Why should we help those in need when it's not my family. Not my problem. Yet Cuba, England, and France can help they're people. Yet they say it's our pleasure to help you! Why can't we as a Free Nation say the same thing? Ask your selves the same questions after watching this Video. Before you strike out at others, maybe you should see what you have done for others in your own path of life. I say we stand united and say we want free Healthcare! We deserve it.

  • Trying_to_be_Objective

    Yes, trying to be objective - seems like some of the points make sense, so I'd be almost ready for a hypothetical constructive discussion, since I've experienced both free healthcare system growing up in the USSR, and the insurance based system in the US for the last 20 years... if not for the "exemplary" Cuban healthcare at the end of the movie. That episode alone just trashed any shred of credibility that Mr. Moore could have remaining in the eyes of any objective observer. Had he admitted that this level of treatment was provided because an American was filming a movie there, that would be borderline acceptable, but to have the audacity to say with a straight face that average Cubans are getting the same kind of care - that's over the top.

    So, no, can't be objective, since I couldn't take any arguments presented in the movie at face value. Can anybody point to a link where one could find intelligent discussion of this issue, not a fiction movie like this?

  • angus

    it is true - many (not all countries) europeans DO have cradle to grave healthcare BUT...

    the average wage earner in France pays 71% of their total income in taxes (UK about 65%)

    that's WHY ....

    it's still about money - just redistribution of a kind America would never accept

    (it's still the best tho ;>)

  • George Jonaris

    The goal of documentaries like this is to expose the issues. That gets people thinking. It would be bigotry if anyone could claim to know the solution to all the problems, especially when they are as complicated as health insurance.

    I am not sure what you mean by saying that he is working for "THEM". Just because he is exposing the issues does this make him a bad guy?

  • Tim

    A fantastic, eye-opener of a documentary. There were times when I couldn't help but cry, even felt physically nauseous. A healthcare system structured around profit is without a doubt dysfunctional, dangerous and immoral. 'Socialized' healthcare (seriously, whatever) works in other countries and i can attest to that, having lived all over the world, including the US, France, and Great Britain and having family all over as well. The American system was by the far the most dysfunctional and exclusionary system I have ever seen in the first world. The truth is, if most people really knew the state of it and the possibilities as shown in other countries, they would rise up and demand it, and I mean rise up. Most people want it, and in other first world countries like England and France they wouldn't take that kind of sh*t from the government or wealthy as you do in America. You are told to roll over and take it, and be thankful for it, and swallow the rhetoric and propaganda. Most people want it, most people need it, and most people can have it by exercising your revolutionary spirit and demanding it, taking it. This is what birthed democracy around the world, no-one will give it to you. Put down your tea bags, your birth certificate posters and your ravings about death panels and join the rest of the first world. You're not wrong in wanting this, they are wrong in denying you. I want my American brothers and sisters to have this as I and my loved ones do, and hundreds of millions of others do. They have absolutely no right, no right whatsoever, to continue this way. Demand the same unquestioning access and implementation of this as you demanded free public libraries, the fire service, and other hallmarks of a civilized society--demand this for the most important issue of all: your physical health, wellbeing and very life. Anything less is totally unacceptable. Don't believe the bullsh*t propaganda that's fed to you, in the hopes that your ignorance or xenophobia will prevent you from going through with it. It is not backwards to do it this way, it is backwards to do it the way it is currently done in America. As soon as you understand that everyone has a fundamental right to healthcare, and that using the profit motive as the guiding motivator and principle of taking care of your fellow human's health is disgusting and wrong, you can start having what other countries do have. Good science and compassion is at the root of healthcare, it is also two of the most important components of modern life. Don't let dysfunctional rhetoric and brainwashing propaganda cloud your reason on this issue. Both intellectually and morally, they can be shown to be dead wrong. Don't take it. Don't roll over.

  • sheldon collins

    I was diagnosed with epilespy when i was 7 years old, recently i have had doctors tell me i was faking it and lying about my condition. When i moved to new zealand for 2 years i was given treatment and medications absolutly free, with no questions asked other than a old bottle from my medicine. as health care has gotten worse and worse i watched this movie and it opened my eyes to why.

    there is alot of sick people out there.. america is thinning them out. and hoping we will die instead of getting treatment. and people still deny this even after seeing the facts with their own eyes..

    these people run our country under the guise of caring people

    thank you mr. moore for opening my eyes

  • Ekaterina

    This is a great movie, but did it change anything?! The system is the same, unfortunately. Country which believes that it is the best one can take care of its own citizens. What a shame!

  • Simon

    So happy to be a Canadian. I am NEVER moving to America. It's just ridiculous how it's managed.

  • Carmen

    To be honest.. I do ask myself daily what is wrong with the Americans. Why they feel better as others. Why you always talk bad about other countries and how come there are so less people with common sense.
    I don't think many people will wake up after seeing this (the biggest part will say it's not of their concern and the other part is surely praying)... but I do wonder why this nation finds it normal to (ab)use other countries for their health care. They don't seem to feel that guilty to let them pay their bills. I also wonder how many are truly grateful after they are cured (or saved).
    You can call it socialism.. I prefer to call it humanity! Strange an insurance company called Humana doesn't know that.
    A democracy is no democracy if the government doesn't listen to the people!

  • Reesa56

    This was a great doc. My other favourites are 'the inconvenient truth' though not all of it might be completely true, it was very interesting. Even if global warming is a myth, there isn't an excuse for pollution. Another good doc is the one about the Afghan girl, you know, the one with the amazing green eyes. What I like about docs is that they don't always end happily, therefor they are better then movies because they always end with the bad guy's loosing and the good guys winning, happily ever after, so predictable.

  • Thea Dagostino

    Michael, I want to thank you for producing this movie. I am a nursing student at Ulster County Community College, I was asked to watch this as an assignment. I am so very glad I was. This should be a standard assignment in all high school's in America maybe the children will help our future be brighter because the American's now will not fight our government because they keep us week and dominated.
    So much for the "freedom" all of our military are fighting to defend.

  • Sharan Espinoza

    Truly inspired!
    For years i have been having trouble with my ovaries and doctors told me i was fine w.o any sonogram or any xray and when i went to Dominican Republic on a vacation I tried to go just for a regular checkup and I was told I had follicles that needed to be removed, for now I cant trust this nation's health attention everytime i fly to my mom's homeland I get a regular check up there.

  • Victor Rios

    People usually ask for their problem's solutions but they don't make any effort to produce those solutions. They have to participated in their life's good development. Michael Moore gives us facts to compared where we are? We have to be part of our selves lives and our family's future now, without waiting for something our governors won't give us if we don't ask for it.

  • Joanie

    Absolutely eye-opening!! Incredible that we aren't as advanced in healthcare as so many third world countries. Makes me almost want to move to Cuba. Thank You Michael!!

  • steve

    myself. do you actually ever even listen to yourself? he eviscerates "them" and your brain concludes that he works for "them"? put down the glue bag.

  • Joy

    As a 61 year old, I can't move to France, although I would recommend people to think about moving while they're young. We don't seem to like our fellow citizens. The republicans slamming Clinton's health care reform back then are saying exactly the same things today. Why do Americans care what another American might be getting? I'm so sick of them griping about other citizens and if I read, "get a job" from just one more of the right-wingers, I'll scream. Democrats work just as hard and still the American dream is becoming a nightmare. Thank you, Michael.

  • Darkangel

    Damm you Michael!! i spent the last 50 yrs of my life believing in the b.s, now w 1 movie, and 1 HR,you've
    made me question(and rightly so)the PTB !!
    THANK YOU
    .. btw- how about an update on the cuban guests???

  • Mike Feddersen

    Well Michael Moore now you did it, now I need to revisit why I did not like you and the French too.

    This sure seems like stuff you see in science-fiction movies, just goes to show you 'truth really is stranger than fiction.'

  • Eric

    Thank you, Michael Moore. My wife and I are moving to Canada and for good reason. I hope everyone will watch this, ask their neighbors to watch this, and someday maybe America really will be what it says it is. Meanwhile, I hope all the people in this film stayed well after their Cuba visit.

  • Will Hump.

    Why don't people realize this in America and stand up? America is slowly turning into a finance capitol, instead of a democracy that should take care of there citizens for free.

  • Canadian viewer

    This should be essential viewing for all Americans. (whoops.. am I guilty of socialist propaganda?) I'd also recommend Googling "Tommy Douglas", who was mentioned in the movie (Kiefer Sutherland's grand-pappy by the way).
    It's not too late for change. Hi Rebecca :^)

  • Myself

    Good doc. The only problem is that isntead of giving us answeres it raises even more questions. When Michael Moore was asked what does he think motivates the U.S. government, he said "I DON'T KNOW"!
    I found it ridiculous that a person, who spend millions on producing his movies, and gets more air-time than any other controvertial documentary (exept that garbage Al Gore produced) yet he still hasn't got the fainthest idea what really is going on behind the scenes.
    I see only one reason for it, and that is that he is working for "THEM"!!!

  • Hollywood ParkRacetrack

    Incredible recount of the true

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