Sunday, July 08, 2007

Insurance Executive Sicko memo leaked to Michael Moore

Barclay Fitzpatrick a Blue Cross Vice President in charge of Corporate Communications was given the assignment of watching Sicko, assessing it's impact and formulating a response.

His ever so slightly panicky and frequently downright morose memo was promptly leaked by a Blue Cross employee to Michael Moore who gleefully featured it on his site. With a challenge to Blue Cross's CEO to an open public debate rather than sneaky action plans.

Some highlights of the memo:
You would have to be dead to be unaffected by Moore's movie, he is an effective storyteller. In Sicko Moore presents a collage of injustices by selecting stories, no matter how exceptional to the norm, that present the health insurance industry as a set of organizations and people dedicated to denying claims in the name of profit.

In demonstration of its impact, an informal discussion group ensued outside the theatre after the movie. While some people recognized how one-sided the presentation was, most were incredulous and "I didn't know they (the insurers) did that!" was a common exclamation followed by a discussion of the example.
The whole thing has a central theme of 'Oh shit, how can we distract people from this?'


Jeffrey Dach MD said...

What is the real solution, if Michael Moore’s government sponsored universal health care is not the answer?

The crux of the "SICKO" documentary is the disconnect between our expectations and the reality of health care. We are expecting compassionate care from another human being, and instead we get a faceless corporation. The person behind the desk or window is an agent of a health care corporation, which is not a human being, whose primary goal is to increase corporate profit.

This is America, and corporate profit is good, the profit motive forming the basis America’s greatness. The basic problem is that a corporation is not a human being. Therein lies the fallacy of replacing a corporation with a government agency, neither of which is a human being, when what we really want is a human being to deliver compassionate health care, and assist in serious health care decisions.

Review of "SICKO", by Jeffrey Dach MD

Jeffrey Dach MD

Cliff said...

Well actually this isn't America this is Canada and Moore's 'government sponsored health care' is in fact, the solution because I've seen how much better, how much more human a system it is.

A universal system where a doctor doesn't even have to think about whether his or her patient can afford the care they need is a hell of a lot more human.

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