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Analysis: 'Sicko' Numbers Mostly Accurate; More Context Needed

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Analysis: Numbers cited in "Sicko" are accurate for the most part o Assertions could use more context to flesh out comparisons of health care o Health-care experts focus more on film's errors of omission than incorrect facts


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Blue Bunting (855)
Friday June 29, 2007, 2:27 pm
. If you walk out of Sicko hoping that you'll get better health care, but then do nothing, then you will have wasted the momentum created by this film. We must act now if we want change!

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Edwin Purcell (178)
Friday June 29, 2007, 11:28 pm
Like many, I do hope that this movie serves as a catalyst for universal coverage. What is really needed, however, is a fundemental change in the medical establishment. Medical research has become controlled by big Pharma. What we need is real science and real care irrespective of profit.

Yan K (75)
Saturday June 30, 2007, 7:28 am

Michael Moore's SICKO> Like it or love it, FACTS are FACTS...

"Moore covers a lot of ground. Our team (CNN) investigated some of the claims put forth in his film. We found that his numbers were mostly right, but his arguments could use a little more context. As we dug deep to uncover the numbers, we found surprisingly few inaccuracies in the film. In fact, most pundits or health-care experts we spoke to spent more time on errors of omission rather than disputing the actual claims in the film".

A. Chris Gajilan is a senior producer with CNN Medical News. Intern Emily Breidbart contributed to this report.



Steve Schuster (1)
Saturday June 30, 2007, 11:34 am
What concerns me most is that the vested interests, doctors, hospitals, HMOs, health insurers, drug companies and politicians have no incentives to change. They are all profitable under the current healthcare system. 13 of the top 15 jobs in the US are in the medical profession according to Forbes. We need newer ideas that fostered by Michael Moore. The only place discussing those newer ideas is We all need to participate in forums like Healthcare Soundoff. We will be more likely to get solutions that work.

Steve Schuster (1)
Saturday June 30, 2007, 11:35 am
As a healthcare professional I agree Moore gets a lot right. There are two sides to most stories. The questions he raises need to be answered by a democratic society. Right now the vested interests, doctors, hospitals, health insurers, HMOs, drug companies and politicians are profitable and like the current healthcare system. According to Forbes, 13 of the top 15 jobs in the US are in the medical profession. Because the vested interests are happy the only change we see is some modification of the current healthcare system rather than a change that can deal with the 50 million people who are uninsured and do not have access to healthcare. The only place I have seen any ideas that break the current mold are at It is a community forum all of us should join and maybe collectively we will force some good ideas that cannot be ignored on the vested interests.
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