A timely and provocative documentary, this program explores the human side of the healthcare crisis in America. Focusing on the plight of the uninsured and other struggles in our healthcare system today, this program brings viewers face-to-face with modern healthcare policy dilemmas. Filmed at hospitals, in homes and at workplaces, this eye-opening hour features candid conversations with average individuals and their families and in-depth interviews with doctors, healthcare policy experts and ethicists. This program presents an overview of the healthcare debate and offers small steps that can be taken today to alleviate some of the suffering, and poses some of the long term questions we, as a nation, must face. Narrated by Blythe Danner, the program has a companion website at pbs.org/healthcarecrisis
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" ... does a clear, thoughtful job of explaining the hows and whys of this confounding problem ... a helpful overview of a complex matter." -- The New York Times June 13, 2000
"Instead of giving us reams of statistics, [this program] presents individual faces and voices ... [it] is both national in scope and fair." -- New York Daily News June 13, 2000
"one of the clearest and best overviews of the critical problem ever." -- The Courier Journal June 13,2000
"poignantly demonstrates…the history of healthcare in this country... and the inadequacies that still shame government officials and healthcare experts." -- The Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2000
'Healthcare Crisis' is strong, helpful medicine." -- The Star Ledger June 13, 2000
Fred Silverman is an international and national award-winning producer. He has more than 25 years of experience in directing, producing, and writing nationally broadcast documentaries and non-scripted specials. In 1999, in association with fellow journalists, he formed Issues TV, a non-profit production cooperative to develop television programs that focus on the human condition. Since 1985, he has been president of Silverman Communications, an independent production company. In addition to his television work, Mr. Silverman has designed and created web sites as well as interactive informational products.
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