What happens when you’re sick and uninsured in America?

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Roger Weisberg‘s Critical Condition, which airs this fall on POV, answers the question with the stories of four individuals who struggle with health problems without insurance: together with their loved ones, they are forced to confront difficult financial and emotional decisions as they fight for their lives. It’s a problem that faces a sixth of the nation every day, as the ranks of the uninsured swell toward 50 million.

Critical Condition by Roger Weisberg will have its broadcast premiere on September 30, 2008.

Watch Critical Condition on PBS, September 30 at 10 p.m.; or view the trailer online.

I’ll be facilitating a sneak-preview screening and discussion at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY (about two hours north of New York City), Saturday, June 21, at 1:30 PM. If you’re interested in attending, please do — the screening and discussion are free!

What’s your position on health care policy? Come talk about it this weekend at Upstate Films, or post a comment below!

David Nanasi
David Nanasi
David has worked on POV's website since its infancy, helping to develop and nurture it, as well as producing special features. David also oversees and administers POV's internal network, maintaining hardware and software for the POV staff. Prior to joining POV, David, served on the staff of CyberEd, an 18-wheeler Internet classroom that toured nationwide. Since 1997, David has worked independently as a computer consultant, including systems, networks, databases, and web design and construction. David's favorite documentaries are: 1. Eyes on the Prize - Henry Hampton (Executive Producer) 2. Crumb - Terry Zwigoff 3. The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris 4. Roger & Me - Michael Moore 5. The Camden 28 - Anthony Giacchino
  • Lesley Slayton

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    This documentary touched me very much. I work in healthcare & even I don’t know how to fix things except to say I think socialized medicine is probably the what we should be doing & also regulating all insurance companies & pharmacutical companies. Stopping advertising on tv. I see seniors everyday as well as people who are less fortunate. Even my husband & myself we have insurance but is it really good enough, what if????

  • Alana

    FOREIGNID: 15646
    I just had my first child, and have insurance through my company. I’ve still had to pay over $10,000 beyond what my insurance covers. I had a scheduled c-section, left the hospital one day before I had to, and there were no complications for me or my child.
    One of the bills was over $2000 for food. I stayed in the hospital 2.5 days, didn’t eat until the second day, and ate a total of four meals there. How is that worth $2000? The healthcare system is ridiculous.

  • mike mccauley

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    i watched this program till 5am mon morning and after seeing these people go through what they did,and 2 of them died due to not being loaded as most of us arent fortune enough to be,ill tell ya ,i lost it.its a shame that the us is like this.hospitols overcharge insurance co anyway so the overcharge they charge should be put in a fund that goes towards folks whom dont have as much as others.if they would stop it’, then insurance co would prob do more than they do.if something should happen now to me id prob be in trouble because i have insurance through the county and thats due to a injury on the job thats permanant so i was able to get that but it wont cover a transplant or even cancer im sure.its a shame that other countrys care more about their people than the us does.this world i think is coming to a end real shortly i dont know when but i think our kids will see it.man is destroying himself and we are seeing it in prosses now!if i was able to go to college and be a dr u can bet id do what i can to help the ones in need.i could go on but id be here all day.people need to think about more than just there wallets and remember,when god says lets go,ur uhaul truck of dollar bills stays buddy,and im gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!