“Sicko”: A Critique of the American Health Care System

1. Introduction

This report will analyze the documentary film “Sicko” by Michael Moore. In this work, Moore examines the health care system of the United States and how it compares to systems in other countries. The film has been both praised and criticized for its approach and accuracy.

2. Michael Moore’s background

Michael Moore is an American director, producer, screenwriter, author, and political activist. He is best known for his films “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine”. His films often deal with controversial topics such as gun control and globalization. Moore is a self-proclaimed socialist and has been critical of capitalism.

3. The film “Sicko”

The film “Sicko” was released in 2007 and examines the health care system of the United States. Moore argues that the system is dysfunctional and leaves many Americans without adequate coverage. He also contends that the for-profit nature of the health industry in the United States is a major contributor to the problem.

To support his claims, Moore visits several countries with socialized medicine, including Cuba and Canada. He also interviews ordinary Americans who have been affected by the health care system. In one particularly powerful scene, Moore interviews 9/11 volunteers who were denied health coverage by their insurance companies.

The film was generally well-received by critics. However, some have criticized Moore for cherry-picking statistics and using editing tricks to make his points.

4. The reception of “Sicko”

The film “Sicko” was generally well-received by critics. However, some have criticized Moore for cherry-picking statistics and using editing tricks to make his points. For example, in one sceneMoore implies that Cubans have better access to health care than Americans by showing a hospital in Cuba that is clean and well-equipped. However, he does not mention that most Cubans cannot afford to use this hospital because it is reserved for foreigners and the elite.

Some have also accused Moore of being biased against the United States health care system. In one scene, he interviews a Canadian doctor who praises the Canadian system while criticizing the American system. However, he does not interview any American doctors who may have positive things to say about the system.

5. Conclusion

Michael Moore is a controversial figure who is often accused of being biased and manipulating facts to fit his own agenda. However, he remains an influential voice in American politics, particularly on the issue of health care reform.


The main argument of Sicko is that the American healthcare system is broken and in need of reform.

Moore backs up his argument by providing numerous examples of how the current system fails to provide adequate care for Americans, both in terms of quality and access.

Some specific examples used in the film include people with pre-existing conditions being denied coverage, long wait times for appointments, and high out-of-pocket costs.

I find these examples convincing because they illustrate real problems that people face with the current system.

Sicko compares and contrasts with other films about healthcare in its focus on individual stories rather than policy debates.

Watching Sicko did not change my mind about American healthcare reform, but it did reinforce my belief that the system needs to be fixed.

I think Michael Moore's motives for making this film are to raise awareness about the problems with the American healthcare system and to call for reform.