I was raised in America and watched this film there in cinema while waiting for Aussie permanent visa. *Spoiler Alert*!! : When Moore was in France, I remember dividing my watching attention trying to fathom how a doctor could MAKE money from getting their patients to quit smoking! Could not wrap my brain around that for some time. And then I remembered the main point of the film; addressing socialised medicine. How weird it was to realise that my mind was deeply conditioned to a way of life that made money OFF of people's medical mis-fortunes; where wealth and health are a privilege, not a right. Boy was I glad to be hopping-off that sinking ship. Of course private health insurance in Oz is pretty steep, that point cannot be ignored; not to mention the doctors here are like gypsies, moving from place to place with their tired, jaded assessments. Don't get me started on the dentistry here either! Every country has it's pros and cons, and I always recommend this film to Aussies whenever I find the chance. A good conversation starter (obviously).
AS always, good doco from M.M.
Now, one should investigate the issue of Australian medical insurance industry, which is , of course, for profit, of course. What a waste of money that could have been channeled into real things such as prevention and treatment, rather than sponsoring the insurance people...Time to rethink things in Australia too!
As usual Michael Moore over-eggs the pudding trying to make his point, but this is still a very passionate and heartbreaking documentary about what happens when a healthcare system puts profits above patients.
Remarkable and very moving. I cried a lot, especially at the plight of the 9/11 heros....who eventually found help in Cuba of all places! I'm moving to Norway.
good but left more questions than answers
After seeing this movie I feel so lucky to be where I am, and I cannot believe that Americans can be so loyal to a country that treats them like crap. Glad to be an aussie.
Great expose on the Health of America. It makes you appreciate our condition in Australia
I've lived in Europe and spent some time in USA. From my experience, this documentary is, between other things, very educational and very true.
Imagine Australia with Novegian type of Health Care... Utopia?
Let's hope the new legislative reforms in US lead them into the light of a universal health care system. If this doco is accurate it's not a moment too soon. As a person with top health care cover and STILL having to pay the massive gap...I'm moving to France....
This doco from Mike Moore is best when it is focuses on the US health system. When it moves offshore it becomes quite repetitive and is probably more interesting to US viewers who are ignorant of how bad their health system is. Still it is generally very good. 3.5 stars
Mike for president!
This film is essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand the gravity of this issue.
Great insight into what is happening in the American Health system.
Some shocking revelations.
Another thorough effort from Moore, reminding us all once again how stuffed things are and how it sucks to be an American. Gets a bit laboured and repetitive though.
I never knew the American health system was as bad as this. It goes to show that the so-called super power and land of the free is not as good as it thinks it is. It might be good at freedom of speech, fast food and hollywood movies but the most fundamental human right of good health care is only available to those that can afford the astronomical cost, all so the health insuramce companies can make profits for their share holders. What an eye opener. I hope we are not headed down that road here.
Interesting look at the terrible US health system. Michael Moore has done a great job. Does get a little repetitive towards the end though and probably not as relavent as it would be if a) you had seen this a few years ago when it first came out b) You were American.
It was an amazing eye opener. The country that prides itself on being the best at everything can not even be the best at taking care of it own people. Really makes you think what we have we really take for granted.
Would watch again
Another classic expose from Michael Moore, this time on how badly America mistreats it's people through it's sham of a health care system.
makes me greatful for medicare!!! Fabulous and eye opening.
Great insight into the US of As health care and how ridiculous it is. Recommend film to anyone.
Sicko exposed the realities of greed in the US health system. I expected less seeing this was going to be a US based video but quickly discovered it was much more than that... a warning to us all to never let the greedy control our health care. We are slipping in our standards tho..France, Canada and the Brits make us look poorly.
Good movie. Amazing how government 'does' their job yet someone can make millions and find the inequities so easily. Makes you feel good about being in Australia.. Just goes to show that common sense is still not too common..
As per usual, extrenely informative. Michael Moore knows how to deliver with wit. Watching this movie made my whole family VERY grateful we live in Australia.
same old same old with this director 2 hours of pointing out the crap and not a hint of a solution.
maybe "solution sequels" are coming
Michael Moore knows how to make a compelling argument. In all of his documentaries he uses various means to persuade the viewer of the validity of his position. Sicko is no exception. MM drives home the point that the health situation in the US is untenable and the reason it is untenable is that profits come before care. He is persuasive. His comparison with other countries is eye opening esp Norway in the extras. It makes me grateful I am not a US citizen. He still had to pull a silly stunt though and I am still about as inclined to take all his facts and figures he presents with the same grain of salt as I do the facts and fiures presented by the 'establishment' as he is as inclined to fudge them as the establishment he so readily criticizes. But as he is stretching the truth with a left leaning bias I find him far more palatable than the right leaning mainstream bullshit we are fed everyday.
sorry not going to be as funny as my usual reviews, as it is a very serious topic, everyone should watch this especially americans and australians as this is the way their health system has been heading for some time, the rich get rich and the poor get sent away from hospitals and dumped on the pavement, Geez what has it come to when we treat our fellow man like this ?
While Moore's doco has a rather unrealistically rosy view of healthcare in other countries, there is no doubt that the US system is dangerously corrupted and fundamentally broken.
Well worth watching.
a very interesting film, I didnt expect it to be as good as it was. really makes you appreciate australia.highly recommend.
To be truthful I just couldn't be bothered investing myself in this film. Another winge I didn't want to hear. But don't be fooled, Australia is no different and we all know (well, the smart ones who are the CEOs) where the money is. Of course it's exploitation of the poor...
I'm a Michael Moore fan from way back and I loved this. A great examination of the American health system and makes you glad that you don't live there.
An eye opener. I knew America didn't have a system like ours, but I didn't know it was like that. It is terrible. The government is owned by large companies, and it is what they want which happens. It is disgusting.
Shame on the United States government. Maybe it should spend just a little less on defence, and put it into their health system.
Has changed my thoughts about America!
After watching this I will never complain again about the Australian health care system. It seems incredible that a country like the U.S. should have no system for looking after its sick people. I knew it, because a friend died there when a hospital wouldn't touch her, when she had a brain haemorrhage, because she was not carrying her travel insurance. But I guess I didn't realize how really awful it is, compared to most other Western nations. A great movie, done with humour despite the seriousness of the subject matter.
What and absolute indictment on the American health system, just imaging what kind of health care would be available if they put 10% of what they spend on the space program to those who are most in need.
Michael Moore exposes America yet again!
Better than I expected from a Michael Moore film. Certainly made it clear the Americans have nothing to brag about, when it comes to their health system.
Brilliant documentary. Moore highlights how "unlucky" you are to be American - the very thing they preach. One of the most ironic movies I have seen
Excellent documentary. This should be shown to everyone. Especially the information regarding the health system in different countries. A must see.
Definatley worth viewing. You always hear about how expensive medical care is in the US but I had no idea how bad the system is. Makes you appreciaite what we have in place a little bit more.
Gee I thought aussies had it bad. Dont get sick in america! Yet another interesting doco by Michael Moore.
i saw this movie at my sister-in-law's. Unbelievable to think that a country like the U.S.A. has a health system like that. It has you constantly saying " Oh My God!", & "You've Got To Be Joking!". I'm glad i live in Australia. Good luck to any American who gets sick.
I felt extremely sorry for the people who helped in 9/11 who were not able to afford health care in their own country but who were treated like royalty in Cuba.
Moore's movie was another expose of America and how brainwashed Americans seem to be. Moore showed how Canadians who receive national health care are televised in America as having to wait months for treatment and then exposed how clearly this was not so. This movie made me sad for the poor Americans who cannot afford proper treatment and suffer or self medicate or get thrown out of hospitals! or die.
Definitely food for thought.
Another searing indictment of America the home of the brave and the land of the free. Difficult to swallow that the systems in the other countires are as perfect as depicted, however, it's quite clear that they are streets ahead of the US of A.
Moore manages to inform, condemn and entertain at the same time. I will never complain about the Australian Health system again. Another winner from Mr Moore.
Very talented storyteller. What an indictment of the US system, snd ours seems to be headed the same way. Don't miss the bonus goodies...
absolutely excellent. I came away feeling angrey and frustrated. Although we know Michael Moore is no fan of the US Governement.Any body thinking about travelling to the US would want to make sure they have more than adequate medical insurance cover
A very informative and entertaining documentary. It also gives me another reason why I'll NEVER live in the US.
great Doco but drags on towards the end.
Oh My God! I had no idea that America, land of the free and fortunate were so down on their luck! I kind of wanted to see Michael More report about Australia's health system, but I can see for myself that Australia seems to becoming more like America with all their problems. eg: Very long waiting periods et. However I won't be complaining about Medicare in the future now I know I'm lucky to have it!
If you like Michael Moore, you will like Sicko. He packagaes his movies very well and I enjoy the little clips he uses to emphasise points. A couple of silly moments like trying to get health car at Guantanemo Bay, but it does make you wonder about the priorities of the richest country in the world...
Another top-notch film from doco king, Michael Moore. He, once again, achieves a great balance between shocking, heartbreaking, touching and funny. Well worth a look.
Amazing, thought provoking and ultimately frightening documentary about the US health system.
Michael is such a sensationalist but it's really thought provoking and makes me want to NEVER EVER live in America....
Viva le France
Excellent movie. Not as biased as Michael Moore's previous movies. Makes you appreciate what we have in Australia.
the movie that makes me rethink moving to the states.
we've got it pretty good here in comparison.
great doco, i certainly hope the american people do something about it, just reinfocres why australia is a great country although i dont quite understand how we are so high on the 'list'
This was brilliant! Much more interesting than you might think from the subject. An indictment of the American health insurance and drug companies, but also an insight into the health systems of France, England, Canada and Cuba. They all put the US to shame with how they treat their people. Its so bad that the ones with insurance are treated as bad or worse than the ones without!
Obviously tilted to MM's point of view but yet another indictment of the American way of money... Again the 'Extras' are well worth viewing to 'flesh out' the film itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, but in typical Michael Moore style it only gives one point of view and therefore uses a bit of propaganda to get his points across. Very very disturbing footage at times and the stories are heartbreaking. Lets pray we don't end up like America..but our system is nowhere near as great as the UK, France and Canada!
Like many critics found myself wondering if Moore lost the plot halfway through when he visited Canada England and France, but there was method in his madness. Moore frequently campaigns for Americans to vote, and in these countries where voter turn out is high (as with Australia) the Government doesn't dare mess with a National health system- it would be politically tantamount to making working conditions worse off.
Well well well, if only America would stop being concerned with what the rest of the world is up to and deal with their own problems. Great viewing, but now I'm embarrassed for them and thinking about moving to Norway.
This is not just a doco on a broken US health system. It is a cautionary tale of the on going privatisation of our own health system. It made me angry that a 1st world nation would treat its citizens with such contempt and made me worry that our own health system is going that direction. In the film it shows the US health system as being rated as 37th, if you look closely you will see Australia is rated as a very shaky 32nd. Also watch the extras especially the short on Norway. Compulsory viewing required!
great insight into American health care system and the misinformation theyre fed. Thank god its not like that here.
I was very interested in this movie due to the two previous documentary's produced by Michael Moore. This film is moving and very eye-opening. Would recommend to everyone.
Brilliant! thank goodness Howard has gone, as we were going the way of his best mate Bush's ideals.
cruel but highly possible here in Aus!
He is over doing it, the almost pathetic crying of the call centre worker from the insurance company made me cringe. While I agree with what he is trying to do, make people aware of these kinds of things and to fight for fairness, and the medical system in the US sounds awful - lets hope Australia doesnt end up like that!!!
Another excellent documentary from Michael Moore. Glad I don't live in America. America is always bragging about justice and freedom, but they havn't got a clue. There's no protection for the consumer, even though their insurance is paid, and God help those who carn't afford insurance! Long live AUSTRALIA.
Is this where Australia is headed with private health insurance? The chilling and oft-repeated word in this Michael Moore documentary is “denied” – as in your insurance claim won’t be paid, all in the cause of insurance fund profits. At first Moore stays out of the way as the unseen interviewer, but he can’t help himself: soon he makes himself the centre of attention. But is he really as stupid as he makes out, seemingly incredulous that in other countries health care is free? Surely as an educated person and international traveller he knew this long ago.
I was surprised how much this movie affected me, being that it focuses on the health care system in another country, but it certainly made me realise how lucky we are to have universal health care in this country. Fantastic film, recommend watching.
Not Michael Moore's best film, and not his most controversial considering the subject matter, but still informative and entertaining. These are stories that needed to be told, especially to those of us in countries who have decent health care and need to make sure we keep it.
Also, this may be the only movie ever that has made me consider moving to France.
The rich get richer the poor get the picture, another magnificent documentry from Michael Moore on the misgivings of the great American money making machine.
A damning inditement of the American Health Service, and especially damning old Pres Nixon being caught on tape setting the whole scam up knowing it would advserley affect the general population. Perhaps a little bit rose tinted when comparing to overseas health services (especially Britains NHS) and will have disenchanted many American viewers by his trip to Cuba. Definately worth viewing, especially if our local politicians try to privatise the Australian heath sector any more.