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Preview: MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE
W.S. Merwin, photo by Robin Holland
August 21, 2009

Next week on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, the film MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE reveals how a profit-hungry medical-industrial complex has turned health care into a system that squanders millions of dollars on unnecessary tests, unproven and sometimes unwanted procedures and overpriced prescription drugs. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has teamed up with producers Peter Bull, Chris Matonti, and director Andy Fredericks to produce a film based on Maggie Mahar's powerful book MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE.

After covering the health care industry for years as a financial journalist, Mahar wanted to write a book examining the system from the perspective of doctors and patients. The response from the doctors she contacted was overwhelming — five out of six called her back. The film brings their stories to the screen, portraying an industry where corporate profits often get in the way of care.

Ask Maggie Mahar about health care reform
As the JOURNAL continues it's coverage of health care and the debate over reform, we invite you to submit your questions to Maggie Mahar on the blog. We'll get you her answers after the premiere of Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney's documentary, MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE, which will be broadcast next Friday, August 28 on the JOURNAL.

>>Visit the Web site for MONEY DRIVEN MEDICINE.

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The film MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE reveals how a profit-hungry "medical-industrial complex" has turned health care into a system where millions are squandered on unnecessary tests, unproven and sometimes unwanted procedures and overpriced prescription drugs.

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