Sicko is a documentary by filmmaker Michael Moore that takes an in-depth look at how the state of healthcare in the United States is harming its citizens. A combination of personal interviews, discussions with healthcare workers, and historical recordings of politicians show the origins and consequences of the nation’s decisions.
After exploring the predominance of violence in American culture in Bowling for Columbine and taking a critical look at the September 11th attacks in Fahrenheit 9/11, activist filmmaker Michael Moore turns his attentions toward the topic of health care in the United States in this documentary that weighs the plight of the uninsured (and the insured who must deal with abuse from insurance companies) against the record-breaking profits of the pharmaceutical industry.
In order to make its points, Sicko goes all the way back to the 1950s and shows that universal healthcare was seen as a communist ideal. However, in modern times, the lack of universal healthcare in the United States has crippled the nation’s growth. The movie supports these claims by contrasting United States healthcare with free, government-subsidised healthcare in France, Canada, the United Kingdom. This detailed and touching documentary makes a compelling argument against the privatised system of healthcare that is causing so many problems in the modern United States.