Sicko Compares French Canadian British and Cuban Health Care Systems To The United State – Insurance Companies Profits Issue

Sicko Compares French Canadian British and Cuban Health Care Systems To The United State – Insurance Companies Profits Issue

Moore Sicko

(Best Syndication) The Michael Moore movie “Sicko” has not even hit the theaters yet but there is a lot of buzz concerning the film. This movie is not about the uninsured problem. This movie is about the problems faced by people with insurance. Moore chronicled the problems faced by people who have insurance.

Both energy and health care costs have been outstripping inflation. According to the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), Americans spend $2 trillion on health care per year. That works out to about $6,700 per person in the country. In total that is 16 percent of our GDP.

Although no system is perfect, Moore contrasted the US for profit health care system with socialized systems in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and even Cuba. The movie highlights several points and includes some interviews with former insurance company employees who discuss methods used by their employers to increasing profits by denying claims.

One case involved a woman who paid her premiums, but when she needed the insurance the company found that she did not report a yeast infection and denied her claim. Preexisting conditions are a common complaint concerning the US health care system. In this instance the insurance company had already paid the claim but then demanded the money back from her doctors.

Although everyone Moore interviewed in the movie expressed satisfaction with their socialized system, there are some problems. The NCHC reports that countries who have implemented this type of system have experienced delays with elective or non-critical procedures. In fact, 41.2 percent of Britons reported waiting more than 12 weeks between seeing a specialist and receiving surgical care.

The Canadians provide universal health coverage. Most doctors are private practitioners who are paid on a fee-for-service basis. Some physicians who work in a community health care center may be paid a salary. Over 95% of the hospitals in Canada are private non-profit operations. See what others are saying and join the discussion at our Forum

New residents in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick must wait 3 months before qualifying for the provincial health plan. The Canadian health plan is paid for in taxes. There are no deductibles, co-payments or dollar limits on coverage for medically necessary services. Some provinces also cover prescription drugs.

But there are some problems with the Canadian system. Two thirds of those polled said their families had to wait longer for medical service than previous years. In 2004 doctors asked for a 30 percent increase in fees. At that time Alberta threatened to pull out of the Canadian program to provide care on their own.

The French provide health care to all residents who have lived in the country for at least three months. In the year 2000 the French introduced the CMU (couverture maladie universelle) which covers everyone that was not covered by their securite sociale. Households with less than 6,609 euros per year get free coverage.

There are fees involved to see physician in France, and these fees may vary according to type of doctor and the time of day. Fees are typically higher on Sunday and at night. There are no referrals required to see a specialist. Although there are both private and public hospitals in France, most people choose doctors who work with the securite sociale.

Doctors who work on their own fee schedules are only reimbursed up to the standard securite sociale fee. The French government covers 70% of most health care costs, and 100% in case of costly or long-term ailments. Supplemental coverage can be bought separately.

Cuba spends a huge portion of their GDP on health care. They provide good care and even attract foreign patients from Eastern Europe and Latin America who receive decent care at a low price.

There is no panacea. Moore makes a good case for socialized medicine and does it by comparing it to our current system of profit insurance. None of those interviewed outside the US complained about waiting in emergency rooms or to see a doctor. They all seemed to be happy with their care in general. Even in the United States the taxpayer ends up picking up the bill for many of the uninsured, but those with insurance can be left out. See what others are saying and join the discussion at our Forum

By Julie Marcus
Best Syndication Entertainment Writer

YouTube Videos

Official Sicko Movie Video Trailer

Moore on Bill Maher

Personal Message From Michael Moore

Michael Moore and Harvey Weinstein discuss Hillary Clinton and her opinions on universal healthcare.

Michael Moore responds to Bush Administration investigation of 9/11 workers traveling to Cuba

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