Money Driven Medicine screening in Seattle

November 19, 2009

Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So MuchFor all my readers here in the Seattle area, I hope to see you at the upcoming screening of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much. The movie is an adaptation of the book by Maggie Mahar which was released in 2006. It uncovers many of the issues related to the perverse incentives that are endemic to the way we provision health care in the US. In short:

Money-Driven Medicine provides the essential introduction Americans need to become knowledgeable participants in healthcare reform, now and in the years ahead. Produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and based on Maggie Mahar’s acclaimed book, Money Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at how our 2.6 trillion dollar a year healthcare system went so terribly wrong and what it will take to fix it.

The U.S. spends twice as much per person on healthcare as the average developed nation, fully one-sixth of our GDP – yet our outcomes, especially for chronic diseases, are very often worse. What makes us different? The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that has chosen to turn medicine into a largely unregulated, for-profit business.

If you truly want to dig more deeply to understand the issues we face, I highly recommend the book (Overtreated by Shannon Brownlee is another extremely well done book on the topic of healthcare costs).

The film is being screened by the Northwest Film Forum on Sunday (11/22).  As far as I’m aware, the movie is not being shown anywhere else in Seattle in the near term. Don’t miss this opportunity to become better informed

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