It’s election season and healthcare weighs heavy on voter’s minds. But regardless of which party you vote for, you can’t deny that our current healthcare system is undergoing change. The following documentaries have interviewed hundreds of doctors, alternative medicine practitioners, and patients alike to get an understanding of what the future may bring.
As a medical institution, we think that the current dialogue about healthcare, regardless of the surrounding politics, is an important one to be aware of. Are you in the know about the future of our healthcare and how it may affect you as a practitioner or as a patient? Check out these fall documentaries:
This new PBS documentary describes itself as “An investigation of wasteful health care spending and the medical, ethical, and financial challenges of containing runaway health care costs.”
The film explores why contemporary U.S. healthcare costs so much, and also asks the question of what are patients really getting in return for the high price. Director Roger Weisberg investigates what factors are driving U.S. Healthcare costs and how some of those factors are driving the U.S. into major financial difficulty while still providing mediocre medical results. When asked what he thinks are some of the largest factors driving the price of medicine, Weisberg says “Well, I think there are a lot of drivers…But I think the biggest single driver is our fee-for-service system that rewards volume instead of value and quantity of medical services instead of quality.” The film aims to show that as a result of this value placed on quantity of service vs. quality, there may be more harm than benefit for patients.
When: Aired on September 25, 2012 on PBS