Following the film, a discussion about solutions to the health care crisis in the United States will be led by Lynn Huidekoper and Joan Simon of Health Care for All - California .
Filmed primarily in Portland, OR and Canada, The Healthcare Movie tells the story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.
Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg and narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States for the right to quality health care for all people.
Despite the popularity of Medicare, most Americans have not considered Medicare for All, or "single payer." Some are not aware that this is not only the Canadian model, but also the one adopted by many other advanced democracies.