Above is the official trailer of the latest Michael Moore documentary, Sicko. This movie is the third that the controversial director and writer has done. It discusses the state of health care in the United States of America. The film basically is campaigning for a universal health care system for the USA. A few hours ago I had a rare chance to see the entire movie.
I find the movie very interesting and shocking. I cannot believe that in the world’s most powerful and richest nation its people cannot have the best medical care without paying an arm and a leg. Compared to other developed nations and Cuba it seems that Americans are worse off.
The Philippines has a similar system like the US wherein the user or patient pays for health care. The system is bad for those with low incomes because they end up taking huge loans just to pay for medical expenses and end up worse off in trying to pay debts.
We do have a national health insurance called the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) however it does not pay for all expenses.
It is hope that the film can spark debate and action in improving health care not just in the USA but also in the Philippines.