Fotos af Pranidchakan Boonrom fra Pexels
Fotos af Pranidchakan Boonrom fra Pexels

Samling af artikler med kritik af det amerikanske sundhedsvæsen. Udarbejdet i forbindelse med den danske premiere på Michael Moores film Sicko i september 2007.

Se også på Socialistisk Bibliotek:

Ifølge Michael Moore dør 18.000 amerikanere hvert år på grund af manglende sygeforsikring. Foto:
Ifølge Michael Moore dør 18.000 amerikanere hvert år på grund af manglende sygeforsikring. Foto:



Against the Current

Milton Fisk: After Obama’s health care law (No.147, July/August 2010)
“The law, signed by President Obama in late March, is riddled with contradictions and is ultimately unviable – yet it does contain the potential for numerous positive changes.”

Milton Fisk: The Presidential candidates’ health plans (No.137, November/December 2008)
“The issue facing Americans is: Can we expect the captains of the corporatized insurance industry, accustomed as they are to gaming regulation or trying to get it repealed, to submit to regulation now?”

Boston Review

Marcia Angell: Big pharma, bad medicine: How corporate dollars corrupt research and education (May/June 2010)
“As the boundaries between academic medicine and the pharmaceutical companies dissolve, research, education, and clinical practice suffer.”


John Chuckman: Nightmares of American Medical Care (August 23, 2007; online at Internet Archive)
“With the release of Michael Moore”˜s new film, Sicko, it seems appropriate to offer a summary view of American healthcare.”

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Health Economics: “CEPR analyzes economic policies that affect the U.S. health care system, social security and global health.”

Guaranteed Healtcare
“The site is filled with health care horror stories from both patients and providers, plus ideas of how to get involved in organizing for a change.”


The next failure of health care reform. By Vincent Navarro (March 6, 2008)
Special Report: “For any society, medicine is a mirror of the power relations in that society. And nowhere is the lack of human rights more evident than in the house of medicine. In the U.S., insensitivity toward human needs goes hand-in-hand with enormous profits made from that suffering.”

Global Labor Strategies

Jeremy Brecher: Doctor Wall Street: How the U.S. health-care system got so sick (pdf) (2008, 8 p.)
“Many of the problems with American health care grow out of our history of employer-based insurance.”


Healthcare-Now! “The site has a regularly updated calendar showing events around the issue of health care – including activities coordinated with the release of the film Sicko.” “ was created to serve as a dependable portal of information. Too much inequality, we believe, undermines democracy, community, culture and economic health. Because the problem is so important, accuracy is important, and we are committed to presenting the best and latest information.”

International Socialist Review

Health care in the U.S. : What’s wrong with it, and what to do about it (Issue 57, January–February 2008)
Part one of a two-part series of book reviews collected by Elizabeth Lalasz.
National health care : A dream deferred (Issue 56, November–December 2007)
“Nancy Welch on what it’s going to take to win health coverage for all.”
Red scares and health care (Issue 55, November–December 2007)
“Phil Gasper examines what will it take to win guaranteed national health insurance in the United States.”
Helen Redmond: Bitter medicine: The big pharmaceutical ripoff (Issue 54, July–August 2007)
“The corporations that control health care resources (the insurance and pharmaceutical industries) are enormously powerful, embedded in the corridors of power in Washington, controlling large sections of the economy, and employing hundreds of thousands of people. They have very successfully scared off and bought off all attempts at creating a national health care system that includes coverage for prescription medicatio.”
Helen Redmond: Health care’s deadly crisis (Issue 27, January–February 2003)
“The health care crisis in the United States has not gone away – it’s gotten worse with each passing year. It is a human catastrophe that continues to immiserate and impoverish millions of people.”

Jacobin: Reason in Revolt

Benjamin Day: Why Obamacare didn’t work (16 September 2016)
“Obamacare has failed, and so will other market-based plans. We need a socialized system.”

Monthly Review

David Singer: The health care crisis in the United States (Vol.59, No.9, February 2008)
“Michael Moore’s film, Sicko, dramatically illustrated how problems in access to health care in the United States have escalated to the point of a crisis for all but the richest Americans … This article will review several dimensions of the crisis [and] proposals to ameliorate the situation will be discussed.”

Matthew R. Anderson, Lanny Smith, and Victor W. Sidel: What is social medicine? (Vol.56, No.8, January 2005)
“The past two decades have seen a rapid expansion of the corporate agenda in the field of health and health care. Rather than moving toward a system of universal access to medical care in the United States, the access to and quality of clinical services is being turned over increasingly to the insurance industry.”

David U. Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler: Mayhem in the medical marketplace (Vol.56, No.7, December 2004)
“Market theorists argue that the profit motive optimizes care and minimizes costs. But a growing body of evidence indicates that this dogma has no clothes.”

Vicente Navarro: Inequalities are unhealthy (Vol.56, No.2, June 2004)
“The most effective public intervention in reducing mortality in the United States would be to reduce the social inequalities among our people. The scientific evidence shows this. But in this case the science is ignored.”

Vicente Navarro: The inhuman state of U.S. health care (Vol. 55, No.4, September 2003)
“This essay was the opening address at a seminar sponsored by the medical and public health students of the Johns Hopkins University, held there in 2003.”

The New York Review of Books

Arnold Relman: The health reform we need & are not getting (Vol.56, No. 11, July 2, 2009)
“Sometime in the not-too- distant future, health expenditures will become intolerable and fundamental change will at last be accepted as the only way to avoid disaster.”

Marcia Angell: Drug companies & doctors: A story of corruption (Vol.56, No.1, January 15, 2009)
“The pharmaceutical industry has gained enormous control over how doctors evaluate and use its own products. Its extensive ties to physicians, particularly senior faculty at prestigious medical schools, affect the results of research, the way medicine is practiced, and even the definition of what constitutes a disease.”

Marcia Angell: Your dangerous drugstore (Vol.53, No.10, June 8, 2006)
“Polls show that among American businesses, the pharmaceutical industry now ranks near the bottom in public approval – above tobacco and oil companies, but well below airlines and banks and even insurance companies.”

Paul Krugman: The health care crisis and what to do about it (Vol.53, No.5, March 23, 2006)
“The evidence clearly shows that the key problem with the US health care system is its fragmentation. A history of failed attempts to introduce universal health insurance has left us with a system in which the government pays directly or indirectly for more than half of the nation’s health care, but the actual delivery both of insurance and of care is undertaken by a crazy quilt of private insurers, for-profit hospitals, and other players who add cost without adding value.”

Marcia Angell: The body hunters (Vol.52, No.15, October 6, 2005)
“On the basis of the research I did for my book I believe that most of the background facts about drug company behavior in The Constant Gardener, however hard to believe, are correct.”

Marcia Angell: The truth about the drug companies (Vol.51, No.12, July 15, 2004)
“Drugs are the fastest-growing part of the health care bill – which itself is rising at an alarming rate. The increase in drug spending reflects, in almost equal parts, the facts that people are taking a lot more drugs than they used to, that those drugs are more likely to be expensive new ones instead of older, cheaper ones, and that the prices of the most heavily prescribed drugs are routinely jacked up.”

Psysicians for a National Healt Care

Psysicians for a National Health Care
“Makes the case for government-administered single-payer programs, and has downloadable slide shows about the state of U.S. health care.”

Socialist Worker (US)

Upside down priorities : A graphic look at America’s rich and poor (Issue 653, November 16, 2007)
“Eric Ruder examines the wealth gap and the way government spending on the military sucks up resources that could be used to improve living standards.”

Who’s killing health care in America? (Issue 636, June 22, 2007)
“Nancy Welch looks at the causes of the health care crisis depicted in Michael Moore’s Sicko.”

U.S. health care’s dismal showing (Issue 636, June 22, 2007)
“Helen Scott explains why the U.S. health care system ranks so poorly compared to other advanced countries.”

SW Online’s ongoing coverage and analysis: Crisis in health care

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Health care in the United States