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New Documentary Film Discusses Broken Health Care System

A new documentary film, “Money-Driven Medicine” tackles the economic underpinnings of an American healthcare system that kills four times as many people though medical error and preventable infections as those who die in a highway accident. The film explores the question of how a country that spends more money per capita than anywhere winds up with higher infant mortality rates and poorer hospital-care outcomes than other wealthy countries. The film proposes that the health care system isn’t patient driven but instead stockholder driven and technology crazed. The film discusses how the current health care system fails to offer optimum everyday community-based care for the average patient’s chronic conditions. One doctor describes the current health care system “a national tragedy.” It shows one man who was in the hospital with severe burns. While he was in the hospital, medical neglect and tardy responses to his complications caused an infected gall bladder, a coma, damage to his pancreas and scarring on the surface of his eyes. His wife has become an advocate for patient safety and has expressed anger over the lack of action by lawmakers to address the problem of medical errors. Free online of the film viewing can be seen on this website. To read more about medical errors, please click the link.

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