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The Resource Critical condition, produced & directed by Roger Weisberg, Public Policy Productions, (electronic resource)

Critical condition, produced & directed by Roger Weisberg, Public Policy Productions, (electronic resource)

Label
Critical condition
Title
Critical condition
Statement of responsibility
produced & directed by Roger Weisberg, Public Policy Productions
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What happens when you re sick and uninsured? The unforgettable people in this film discover that it can cost you your job, health, home, savings, and even your life. Critical Condition puts an intimate human face on America's growing health care crisis by chronicling the struggles of a diverse group of uninsured Americans as they battle critical illness over a two-year period. Joe Stornaiuolo, a doorman for fifteen years, loses his finger, then his job, and ultimately his health insurance. Unable to afford the medication or doctor visits he needs to manage his progressing liver disease, Joe is hospitalized four times in one year and dies on November 30, 2006 from a lack of medical coverage, according to his loving wife. Karen Dove loses her insurance because her deteriorating health forces her to quit her job as an apartment manager. When Karen begins experiencing severe recurrent abdominal pains, the doctors she contacts are unwilling to see uninsured patients. After she finally finds a gynecological oncologist willing to treat her a year later, she is diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer, which is almost always terminal. Carlos Benitez, an uninsured chef at a French restaurant, has a severe back deformity that has caused him fifteen years of chronic pain and taken seven inches off his height. After learning that the County Hospital will not perform surgery, Carlos becomes convinced that the only way to find a cure without insurance is to travel to Mexico, where the orthopedic specialists recommend he undergo surgery as soon as possible. Hector Cardenas takes a medical leave from his job as a warehouse supervisor when his diabetes necessitates an amputation for a gangrenous foot. The loss of his job and insurance force Hector to struggle to repair his broken temporary prosthesis on his own. He feels trapped, as he cannot earn money without a permanent prosthesis, and he cannot afford the prosthesis without employment and decent medical benefits. No matter how staggering it is to learn that 18,000 Americans die every year simply because they lack health insurance, that number is just an abstract statistic. Access to health care as a moral issue, bridging the conventional partisan political divide. And, these stories graphically illustrate the enormous cost in dollars and human suffering that we pay when the public foots the bill for catastrophic illnesses that could be inexpensively prevented with access to routine primary care. This film shows real people and the tragic circumstances they face without health insurance
Awards note
  • Arizona International Film Festival, 2008
  • Film Society of Lincoln Center's Independents Night, 2008
  • Tiburon International Film Festival, 2008
  • Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, 2008
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weisberg, Roger
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
Closed-captioned
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Public Policy Productions, Inc
Runtime
82
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Health insurance
  • Medical care
  • Medically uninsured persons
Target audience
general
Label
Critical condition, produced & directed by Roger Weisberg, Public Policy Productions, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?HLTH;1650391
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650391/hlth
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (83 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a211134
  • (OCoLC)747798178
Video recording format
other
Label
Critical condition, produced & directed by Roger Weisberg, Public Policy Productions, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?HLTH;1650391
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1650391/hlth
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (83 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a211134
  • (OCoLC)747798178
Video recording format
other

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