What were Some of Your Favourite Films that Had to do with Medicine or Medical Topics?

THE MOVIE CALLED “CORPORATION”

Remember the days when conflicts of interest were not allowed in certain aspects of society – or at least the days when you “believed that that was the case?” Today conflicts of interest are everywhere, and are even encouraged. Even the medical field is filled with them.
One of the best films I ever saw was a 2003 documentary written by UBC Professor Joel Bakan. Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott directed that film which really got into explaining what corporations today were really about. Michael Moore was a key figure in the movie. Never in my life had things been so well and so clearly explained.

Professor Bakan claimed, as I understood it, that according to law (American Corporations at least, if not most today) had a legal responsibility to make a profit at ANY price. What that price was, (including the price of death or even of the deaths of millions, didn’t really matter. They were just bound by law to make a profit for their shareholders. What?

Clearly this law in itself led to corruption in nearly every field of business. Soon I was asking myself dozens of questions such as:

Why was the fire department giving some types of blood tests on top of putting out fires?
How much of our infrastructure was funded by drug companies?
Who were the key players on the Board of WHO?
Who exactly, at WHO had the key power to sign the papers deciding whether or not the world would be ORDERED to get shots in a serious pandemic?
Who issued the power to that person and/or group? (Don’t think this will EVER be revealed).
Who profited most when everyone was forced to get inoculations?
Why did farmers have to pay so much to money just to sell the milk from one cow?
Why was pure milk “REALLY” banned from all provinces except for Quebec?
Why were so many people becoming allergic to homogenized milk?
Why were people really forced to drink fluoride?
Why did many farmers around the world REALLY have large numbers of animals destroyed, one by one – chickens first, then pigs, cows, sheep, etc., all as if purposely hand selected by a prewritten order?
Why were all the seeds being removed from our food?
Why were farmers being fined if a Monsanto seed blew into their field?
Why was there at an attack on healthy food products and medicine and those who sold them?
Why were many more large stores now starting to sell the products those people made their living on?
Why did the introduction of private medical companies end up in longer wait lists, encouraging increasing torture for those who couldn’t afford the private system?
Why were diagnostics so freely available when treatment itself was almost never available until people became chronically ill and their diseases were almost irreversible?
What types of people were the key shareholders in profit from medical systems, radiation companies, drug companies, and diagnostic companies?
Who paid for the diagnostic equipment that appeared to be free?

What was the most dangerous thing about electronic medical records?

If the world wasn’t based on conflict of interest, could it survive?
Will it soon collapse entirely very shortly, due to that same conflict of interest?

Originally this movie wasn’t shown in any of the big player theatres, of course, likely because it exposed shocking things the public had a right to know about and should have known. It was one of the best movies I had ever seen and I was so impressed I even bought the Professor’s book.

A lot of good things do originate in Canada. Congratulations, Professor Bakan, Mark Archbar, Jennifer Abbott, and Michael Moore. That was a most amazing book and film! (Both are probably available at most libraries).

If you have never seen this movie, I highly recommend it. Some of those questions will be answered but you will be left with even more after reading it.

It’s what I would call an “If you want to know where you’re headed, you had darn well better know where we came from”
book.

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Excellent link , thanks for sharing. I loved it learned a lot from it I also bought the book on Amazon Kindle.

Not clear to me however why you wanted to share it on this particular site .

- If your covert intent was to cast most healthcare professionals into a negative light (given your previous posts over the last few days) I would honestly say to you- I can't be bothered . I think that one of the purposes of Ratemds is to protect patients by making them aware of the ' bad apples'; this is not a site for 'witchhunting'.

- If you intended instead to help us judge things from a broader perspective I would say : thank you again for this excellent link . Systems are important - a bad system encourages self-serving individuals a good system keeps them in check. Also our entire society is going into this unfortunate direction we need to think more about these issues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

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Addtn to the post submitted by Wishandprayer: you can view it for free on vodly just google "patchadams vodly"

Thanks jsjs.

Thanks jsjs.

jsjs wrote: (Sorry about my

jsjs wrote:

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Excellent link , thanks for sharing. I loved it learned a lot from it I also bought the book on Amazon Kindle.

Not clear to me however why you wanted to share it on this particular site .

- If your covert intent was to cast most healthcare professionals into a negative light (given your previous posts over the last few days) I would honestly say to you- I can't be bothered . I think that one of the purposes of Ratemds is to protect patients by making them aware of the ' bad apples'; this is not a site for 'witchhunting'.

- If you intended instead to help us judge things from a broader perspective I would say : thank you again for this excellent link . Systems are important - a bad system encourages self-serving individuals a good system keeps them in check. Also our entire society is going into this unfortunate direction we need to think more about these issues.

Covert? That's a good one. If you have been reading my posts, you will have noticed that I have never posted anyone's name despite constant Paparazzi pressure by some individuals. Hateful gossip against individuals isn't my thing.

I am an excellent investigator, however. My goal is to expose really serious flaws in the system that are actually killing people, because doctors are not permitted to do that themselves. Nor will the media tackle it and there are very few lawyers in Canada who will tackle it as well. Most are too terrified to attack the medical system. Even government opposition has tried desperately and the courts are bowing out of it.

The system will never change unless it's exposed, and only patients can do that because doctors are silenced.

Sometimes I fear I've given too much away and fear it may hurt a medical person personally, particularly doctors I care for, but that's not the intention. It's only to express quite a bit of corruption in the system.

On some occasions I (as well as others I know) actually even believed that the behaviour by some doctors was sadistic until we learned of the politics that caused them to behave in those ways. Others should know of the reasons their doctors behave that way too.

Like you mentioned in so many words, a bad system causes serious problems and a good one keeps them in check. If you think a medical movie topic isn't suitable, what do you think of threads that personally attack a doctor and go on for ages? I see that as bullying and would never get into horrors like that, not just for my own protection but also for the protection of the moderators.

While I see nothing wrong with a medical movie section, I do find it odd that no one asks why women bring up topics such as "MaryJane and Susan had a fight over a blouse."

What I'm a little confused about is that you state that the purpose of Rate MD's is to protect patients by making them aware of the bad apples and not use it for witchhunting. If making them aware of the bad apples by smearing and bullying them in long threads is not witchhunting, and if pointing out flaws in the system is, then the purpose is indeed confusing.

Sometimes moderators may feel uncomfortable because the topics are too hot, especially if they are still in the medical field themselves.

If that's the case, I can tone the comments down a little if they explain in a personal message why they would prefer I didn't discuss certain things.

Sometimes a separate site is a better source to express such things (for the protection of those running the site) and may be the better option, so I will wait to see how they feel about it.

Look, Rtpr9 , I am a

Look, Rtpr9 , I am a foreigner and I am also uneducated in matters such as policies , law etc . But after reading your posts I wasn't sure which way to go :
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1. POST " INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS " AS MY SUGGESTED LINK TO YOU . This came to my mind after reading some of your posts and I quote:

"Doctor was nice until I got sick- why patients flock to US for treatment
A patient said she went to a new doctor and he was great until the family became more sick and then he had a complete turnaround. The patient seemed unaware that this was not the doctor's fault. This behaviour is encouraged in Canada . Because of government attitude, more doctors are being forced to drive sick patients out of their offices.

We have a shortage of doctors because it was deliberately created. New doctors are also so badly trained that the entire public medical system will soon collapse.

More Canadians are being threatened regarding the exodus to the USA for major treatment. They are being told, not by doctors, but by surrounding staff of course, that those who go to the USA to get an operation may not be operated on if they get back and something goes wrong."

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2. OR GIVE YOU SOME CREDIT given that your above comments appeared to be more realistic
I decided to go with number 2 .

- If , as you say , you are keen to fight the Canadian system you should make sure that the other Canadian forum members agree with your comments before you decide to represent them. Your suggestion of sending them private emails seems pertinent .
There are sufficient suggestions in your threads that several of your co-nationals were very irritated by your comments (and these were people who also criticised the Canadian health System- but they did it in a realistic appropriate manner). Personally , I would feel v embarrassed if someone advertised my native country in such a manner , in a public international forum .
- Be v careful about how you express yourself .This forum is viewed by many uninformed foreigners like myself . If I wouldn't have known better( I met several Canadians who worked temporarily in Australasia) and if I would have taken your comments at face value , I would have acquired an abysmal picture of the Canadian society.

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- In saying these , I do not strive to be self-righteous ; your posts made me aware and I now regret to have made some superficial generalising comments about my adoptive country in one of my posts from 1-2 weeks ago.
- I am also not putting myself in the role of "defending canadians or the canadian health system etc" , as I live outside of Canada do not know much about it . Your comments only stand out to me because they can be so outlandish at times also because most of the forum members and forum comments are about canadians .

jsjs wrote: Look, Rtpr9 , I

jsjs wrote:

Look, Rtpr9 , I am a foreigner and I am also uneducated in matters such as policies , law etc . But after reading your posts I wasn't sure which way to go :
- If , as you say , you are keen to fight the Canadian system you should make sure that the other Canadian forum members agree with your comments before you decide to represent them.

If people are permitted to post only what others agree with, they will not be permitted to post the horrors of the system. Doctors weren't silenced for nothing. If you are looking for truth, welcome to the province. You can find out for yourself why it has such difficulty keeping doctors. If you're from Australia, give Dr. Stephen Duckett a call. You might then not think things are so outlandish.

Rtrp9 wrote: If people are

Rtrp9 wrote:

If people are permitted to post only what others agree with, they will not be permitted to post the horrors of the system. Doctors weren't silenced for nothing. If you are looking for truth, welcome to the province. You can find out for yourself why it has such difficulty keeping doctors. If you're from Australia, give Dr. Stephen Duckett a call. You might then not think things are so outlandish.

The Australian medical school prof and lecturer who moved to Canada to organize and head up Alberta Health Services? The cookie controversy? Laughing out loud Remind me to give him a call. I had a good laugh.

So did I. Never before was

So did I. Never before was a more brilliant man born. Who else do you know who could eat a cookie and walk of with 3/4 of a million dollars? Most doctors would have to work quite some time for that. I was joking about calling him though. He was, of course, forced to sign a legal silencing agreement in exchange for the cookie payoff.

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