Sicko Film Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Sicko' is a 2007 film by director Michael Moore that compares the for-profit healthcare industry in the United States to universal healthcare in other countries. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this documentary.

Sicko

Michael Moore's Sicko examines the political and economic aspects of the American healthcare system as it is provided by health maintenance organizations who often prioritize profit over patient care. The questions in this asset will guide classroom discussions about this film.

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The questions in this section discuss the American healthcare system.

  • What are the consequences for not having health insurance? Why is health insurance often insufficient in managing expenses? What is your opinion of health insurance?
  • What are some reasons health insurance companies deny eligibility for coverage? How do health insurance companies attempt to recoup their losses if someone is offered insurance but needs expensive treatment? What regulations might improve this industry?
  • How do insurance companies determine the effectiveness of medical reviewers? How are effective medical reviewers rewarded? What criteria do you think should be used?
  • What role has politics played in creating our current healthcare system? How has the drug and health industry gained influence among politicians? How has the medical industry benefited? What are the consequences for patients? What can citizens do to affect change?

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This section compares American healthcare to universal healthcare in Canada, Great Britain, and France.

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