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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
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Copyright Date: 2012
Available in French: No

As rising health care costs threaten to bankrupt the country, MONEY & MEDICINE tackles the medical, ethical, and financial challenges of containing runaway health care spending. In addition to illuminating the so-called waste and overtreatment that pervade our medical system, this timely documentary explores promising ways to reduce health care expenditures and improve the overall quality of medical care.
MONEY & MEDICINE was filmed at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Utah. While UCLA ranks among the nation's top academic medical centers, it spends considerably more than the national average on patient care. In contrast, Intermountain spends about a third less than the national average and is a model for low cost/high quality medical care. The dramatic doctor/patient stories filmed at these two hospitals illuminate the powerful forces driving soaring health care costs as well as proven strategies that effectively reign in excessive medical spending.
With remarkable candor, MONEY & MEDICINE captures the painful end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, ranging from very aggressive interventions in the ICU to palliative care at home. The film also investigates the controversy surrounding diagnostic testing and screening as well as the shocking treatment variations among patients receiving a variety of elective procedures.
As the focus of health care reform shifts from the access crisis to the cost crisis, MONEY & MEDICINE makes a timely contribution to the debate over cost containment and deficit reduction that is heating up as we approach the 2012 presidential election.
"Weisberg raises a number of disturbing and compelling questions that cannot easily be answered, and the renewed focus on the subject following the Supreme Court's affirmation of President Obama's healthcare reform legislation ensures that this film will remain timely for the future. Recommended."  - Video Librarian
There are two versions of this program on the same DVD:
the original 84-minute version and a new 56-minute version.

Platinum Remi Award, WorldFest Houston
Best Documentary Director, Los Angeles Film, TV & Webisode Festival

Screened at:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Art of the Real Festival
CineQuest Film Festival
San Luis Obispo Film Festival
Palm Beach International Film Festival
Arizona Film Festival
Breckenridge Festival of Film


www.bullfrogfilms.com/guides/Money%20&%20Medicine%20reading%20list%20_%20Need%20to%20Know%20_%20PBS.htm - suggested reading list

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