Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 39mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords health, medical, political
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Doug Scott Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Susan Froemke Producer n/a 3 3000002
Wolfgang Held Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Bradley Ross Editor n/a 172 7000001
Moby Music n/a 120781 8000002
Chad Kelly Composer n/a 120836 8000001
Matthew Heineman Producer n/a 3 3000001
Susan Froemke Director n/a 2 2000002
General David Fridovich Actor Himself 1 1000003
Shannon Brownlee Actor Herself 1 1000002
Andrew Weil Actor Himself 1 1000004
Wendell Potter Actor Himself 1 1000005
Matthew Heineman Director n/a 2 2000001
Dr. Dean Ornish Actor Himself 1 1000006
Dr. Don Berwick Actor Himself 1 1000001
American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs - almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight, and almost 75% of healthcare spending goes to preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society. It's not surprising that healthcare is at the top of many Americans' concerns and at the center of an intense political debate in our nation's capitol. The current battle over cost and access, however, does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system. The film examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care.