Picture from Sicko
Overall B

Agree with him or not, Michael Moore is a filmmaker who courts controversy, sometimes to the point of overshadowing his work. In the movie, Sicko, the American Health Care system (or lack there of) goes under his knife.

Violence B
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief, strong language.

Talk to your kids about…

Sicko

Medical doctors often sit on the boards of health insurance companies. What impact might their employment requirements to save money have on their ability to uphold the code of medical ethics (Hippocratic oath) which doctors take? Read the code and its updated version at http://members.tripod.com/nktiuro/hippocra.h

How do countries differ in providing medical care for their citizens? What problems are inherent when big business is involved in basic care? What concerns may arise when government makes decisions for an entire population?

Throughout the film, Moore promotes the idea that universal health care if free. Is it really? What are the hidden costs of this system? What are the benefits of the program? Given all the facts, which system would you be more comfortable with?

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