Film & Discussion: The Healthcare Movie

When & Where
Oakland Public Library
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA
January 31, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Gerry Field
925 287 7363

Do you ever wonder how Canada got their beloved health care system? Why is the U.S. so afraid of providing healthcare without an insurance industry that skims 25-35% off the top of every healthcare dollar spent? This feature length documentary will clear up the mystery and entertain you at the same time! In Canada, healthcare is regarded as a social service and treated as a responsibility of the government to be provided to every citizen. Not so in the United States. In America, healthcare is regarded as a profit-making commodity, to be operated for the financial gain of insurance and pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and hospitals.


This eye-opening documentary considers how it came to be that the two systems, Canadian and American, ended up in such different places. It explores the health care system in Canada: how it came to be, how it works for ordinary Canadians, how it is paid for, and how it compares to its American counterpart. It reveals the public relations campaigns that have been prevalent in the U.S. since the early 1900's to dissuade the American public from supporting national healthcare. It also shows the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to healthcare because of the heroism of people who took a stand to bring universal healthcare to Canada over 50 years ago.