Hinessight: How things look through an Oregonian's eyes
January 18, 2015
Last night I got to watch The Health Care Movie in a marvelous way.
After the showing I told Laurie and Terry that their movie about the American and Canadian health care systems was one of the best "cause" documentaries I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot.
The production is highly professional: beautifully edited, creative, humorous in parts. Most importantly, the movie is deeply moving.
I spent quite a few years as a health services researcher, health planner, and executive director of Oregon Health Decisions, a bioethics organization. Though I've been out of the health policy field for a long time, I consider myself pretty well informed in this area.
The Health Care Movie, though, opened my eyes to several important facts.
I wasn't much aware of the early efforts in this country to give every citizen access to health care, and how sleazily these were undercut by vested interests.
Nor did I know much about how the Canadian health care system got going (it is called Medicare in the movie, sort of jarring for old folks like me who are happily enjoying the benefits of the United States' similar 65+ single-payer system).
The person-on-the-street interviews with people in both Canada and the United States are terrific. These were done by Portlander Lindsay Caron. She has a very engaging personality and onscreen presence. A "demo reel" I found on You Tube shows Caron doing her thing.