I'm never thinking, 'Gee, I am so fortunate to live in a country that has public health that is accessible and cheap' like a good Samaritan, instead I turn on Lucifer mode and think things like - 'What the fuck is taking so long', 'Why did I even bother making an appointment if I am going to be forced to wait around like this' or 'Seriously? Another test, we just had one!' All of which are totally inappropriate and should never be said out loud, but there I said it, for all of us. Waiting around in hospitals is a shit sandwich and no one likes to do it.
Anyway, all of the waiting and checks and x-rays and scans did lead us to us a good conclusion, Seth's knee is not fractured at all! When the doctor said 'that's not a crack or a chip' I was so relieved. No, not because I didn't have to go back again, okay....maybe a little, but mostly for Seth because a fracture can take so long to heal. He has some tissue damage around the knee, but nothing more. The part that they thought was chipped was just a growth plate on his knee that is sticking out a bit, but nothing to worry about apparently. Hallelujah, some good news.
Poor old Seth was feeling mighty poked and prodded by the end of the whole ordeal so I brought him home to rest his knee, which gave me some time to do some online shopping for Christmas. Yep, there it is, the 'C' word - another reason for normal people to go all el lunatico looming up, just around the corner. This year has just flown by, much too swiftly for me, well most of it anyway, that four hours at the hospital certainly didn't! But I can't get my head around December, and it's only 12 days away.
Release Date: 2007
Running Time: 123 mins
Sicko is another hard hitting Michael Moore documentary that investigates the health care industry in the United States with a focus on private health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. Made on a budget of $9 million dollars and grossing $24.5 million in the U.S. alone, Sicko became the must see documentary of 2007 and received a 17 minute standing ovation when it premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
With a ranking of only 37 out of 131 for their health care system, it is clear that the U.S. is doing something wrong for a first world country. With almost 50 million Americans uninsured and much of the remainder victims to health care fraud and ridiculous red tape, it is hardly surprising to find that the truly sick and hopeless are not getting the medical attention or medications that they require, because they simply cannot afford it.
By comparing the U.S. system with the not-for-profit based health care systems in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba we get a first hand look at the changes that America would need to adopt to if they are ever going to fix their dreadful health care problems.
As usual Michael Moore does little to bolster the already marred reputation of America when it comes to the way that they treat their own residents, making me glad that I don't live there and feeling dreadful for the poor unhealthy people that are having to work a second job just to pay for their medications and operations. Thought provoking and also terribly sad, Sicko really lifts the lid on what could be considered one of the most inhumane ways to make money - off the sick and the injured.
FINAL SAY: An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern.
3.5 Chili Peppers