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Borderline medicine / produced, written, and directed by Roger Weisberg for Public Policy Productions.

Author/creator Weisberg, Roger
Format Electronic and Video (Streaming)
Publication InfoNew York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1991.
Description1 online resource (58 min.).
Supplemental Content;1650418
Series Health and society in video
Abstract With the U.S. struggling to control soaring health care costs and 37 million Americans not covered by health insurance, the Canadian system of national health insurance looks attractive. This documentary takes a close look at how health care is delivered on both sides of the border. The film begins by comparing prenatal care in both countries. A San Diego woman who has insurance through Medicaid called sixty obstetricians and could not find one who would care for her. In Vancouver, a high-risk obstetric patient faces no financial barriers in having a closely monitored pregnancy. While routine medical care is more accessible in Canada, there are often waiting lists for elective surgery. Canadian patients with coronary artery disease often cross the border for surgery in the U.S. The last section examines the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In British Columbia mammograms are covered by insurance and there is a population screening program which may reduce breast cancer mortality by as much as a third. Yet high technology diagnostic procedures are much more available in the U.S., and Canadian patients may be subjected to older, more dangerous diagnostic tests. To complement the powerful patient stories, health care experts and business leaders like Lee Iococca comment on the medical and financial implications of both systems.
General notePreviously published as DVD.
General noteTitle from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
Spec. audience char. For College; Adult audiences.
Reproduction noteElectronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2012. (Health and society in video). Available via World Wide Web.
Awards noteAmerican Psychiatric Association, 1992
Awards noteAmerican Public Health Association,1991
Awards noteBlue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival, 1991
Awards noteCINE Gold Eale, 1991
Awards noteGold Award, Houston International Film Festival, 1991
Genre/formDocumentary films.

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