Sicko Movie Analysis
Jill Harrison- WI08
The United States of America, known by its citizens as “land of the free, and the home of
the brave,” has provided its people with basic human rights throughout the years, many of which
took many years of hard work to obtain. Although the people of the United States have many
rights which no others can call their own, the US still lacks a right that continues to be denied to
this day- healthcare. Numerous other countries provide ways for providing their citizens with
healthcare that is not only affordable, but also provides doctors for their efforts to do well rather
than to save the insurance companies money.
Issues between decentralized, socialized, centralized, and fee-for service systems can be
compared using examples from Michael Moore’s latest movie, “Sicko”. Patients and doctors
both agree in the film that they would much rather be a part of a system unlike that of the United
States, and after seeing the film, many people, including myself, agree with that thought.
The United Kingdom has a socialized national healthcare plan, which is not necessarily
superior to the United States, but continues to be much cheaper. The healthcare plan of the UK
shows a better way of prioritizing by the government, but also has its downfalls, such as the way
doctors are paid a flat fee for every patient they take on. The doctors do less work, but get paid
more for doing it. As shown by a young doctor English doctor, the standard of living for doctors
remains extremely high. The man showed as an example in the movie admitted that he, along
with his colleagues from England, France, and Canada get paid more for doing well at their job.
Lowering blood pressure, getting patients to lost weight and improving overall patient health are
only a few reasons a doctor could receive a pay increase. Incentive to do well in their patient care