ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: what can be done to save our broken medical system? The film examines the powerful forces trying to maintain the status quo in 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 US military. The film is about a way out, about saving the health of a nation.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As the country waits for news today on the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we end today’s broadcast looking at the state of our healthcare system. That’s the focus of a new documentary called Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
SHANNON BROWNLEE: We spend a spectacular amount of money on healthcare. Just sheer numbers, $2.7 trillion per year. The average per capita cost of healthcare in the developed world is about $3,000, and in the United States it was around $8,000 annually. We spend one heck of a lot of money.
The really astonishing part about the fact that we spend more is we have worse health outcomes.