Sicko

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A 2007 film by Michael Moore, investigating the health care industry in the United States and the vested interests of the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry. It compares the for-profit system employed in the United States with the non-profit health care systems in several other developed countries (Canada, France, and the UK), and the healthcare system of communist Cuba.

It was made at a time when 50 million Americans were uninsured, whilst many of the rest are customers of insurance companies who will endeavor to find a loophole to avoid having to pay out claims and to maximise their profits. Among the numerous people to feature in this two hour long film are some Canadians who won’t even step foot in the USA because they are afraid of what would happen if they became ill or injured themselves whilst visiting.

Sicko was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature, and it exceeded expectations at the box office by outperforming Moore’s previous documentary Columbine with gross revenue of $24.5m (budget $9m).

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