[act-ma] 10/5: New Documentary about U.S. Healthcare Industry

Cheryl White cheryl at coolidge.org
Tue Oct 2 13:51:26 PDT 2012


The acclaimed documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American
Healthcare, opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre Friday, October 5.
Directed by Susan Frömke and Matthew Heineman, the film

tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our
badly broken healthcare system?

 

American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2
trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten
years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs––almost as much
as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are
worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare
costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of
disability and death in our society.

 

Escape Fire examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a
medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for
profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of
resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of
prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining
ground. Escape Fire follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders
fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine,
industry, government, and even the U.S. military. 

 

For screening times and to purchase tickets online, visit www.coolidge.org
<http://www.coolidge.org/> .  Tickets are also available at the Coolidge box
office, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.  Phone: 617/734-2500.

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