Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)
Escape Fire tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: what can be done to save our broken medical system? Award-winning filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke follow dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. The film examines the powerful forces trying to maintain the status quo in an 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 is about finding a way out. It's about saving the health of a nation. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
This swiftly paced documentary assembles expert talking heads and real-world patients and practitioners to discuss defusing the ticking time bomb of American health care costs.
There's no escaping the fact that the sheer profusion of similarly-themed efforts in recent years reduces their individual impact.
Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke's sobering, often infuriating documentary about medical care in 21st-century America.
The film is surprisingly optimistic, arguing that there are genuine, practical answers to many of the problems afflicting the system, and some are already being adopted.
Arranged in a handful of clear, concise chapters, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" turns an unwieldy, Medusa-headed topic into a convincingly humane argument for change.
Cogent, convincing, determinedly non-ideological, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" tells us that everything we think we know about that incendiary topic might be wrong. And it offers us a way out of the morass.
Suffers from some jumbled editing, but has the benefit of enormously sympathetic subjects, and rather persuasively suggests a collective societal myopia on the subject of health care.
It's enough to raise one's blood pressure, if it weren't elevated already.
One of those rare gems that concentrates on solutions to a problem rather than just hopelessly presenting one.
The most compelling parts of the film talk about how the military, dealing with injured and traumatized soldiers from two wars, is in the vanguard of trying new treatments that help patients and save money.
Health care is a difficult subject to make compelling onscreen -- much less in a nonpartisan manner -- which makes Escape Fire a documentary with major breakout potential.
Ninety-five straight minutes of information and perspective that will clarify many of the lingering doubts you may have about your medical treatment. Briskly paced, always engaging, and never dry.
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