Why Not See Sicko

Posted: July 1, 2007 in Health and wellness

I probably won’t go see the documentary Sicko. It’s not that I don’t have a high regard for Michael Moore; his previous offerings – Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 – are well worth the time I spent viewing them. I just believe there are significant differences in the subject matter and how it is covered in this type of movie that Michael’s latest is not worth the time.

My opinion is based on my belief regarding how illuminating individual incidents are of an issue compared to observations of a wide body of evidence. These individual incidents, while they are entertaining and do shed some light on health care, do not offer any potential fixes because specific occurrences don’t make a case for reforms that substantially change the way health care is provided for.

So, now that I have exposed my bias maybe I should go see the movie; if for no other reason, to get examples of how the incidents fail to help us offer reforms that improve health care in America.


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