I saw the movie and I think it is Michael Moore's best film. I haven't agree with some of Moore's films in the past, but this one, I am behind nearly 100%. The only parts that I disagreed with were his bits about Cuba...they got the Red Carpet rolled out for them by Castro and the part about bullhorning Gitmo. What was he really trying to accomplish there other then making a point? I felt that he put the soldiers who were there in a bind. What could they really do for the boatload of people he had? There was probably a better way to make that point...
I've never seen any of his movies, so I cannot comment on them, but, I would like to comment on him, the man.
I'd almost rather not discuss "the man" because I find that he is so polarizing for some people that talking about him as a person ruins any logical discussion about the points he makes. But, that will not stop people from talking about him here I am sure. [that was a good story about him, though, newguy; I am just making the point]
Another thing that was highlighted was "time off" and vacation time as it is viewed in other countries. Although this is not specific to healthcare, it was tied in well because of the overall health implications for people who are overworked. The presentation was that people in many countries like Europe are garaunteed 5 weeks minimal paid vacation, and 35 hour work weeks. If you work "overtime," then those hours tack on as additional vacation days. The idea that was presented was that productivity is actually higher with these systems because people are required to maximize their time and actually work more efficiently when they are on the clock. I tend to agree with this presentation, though I need to look into some more data. But it is my experience that too many hours leads to less productivity. I think that we here in the US are far behind some of these other countries in terms of our viewpoints on 'time-off' and vacation time, and I think that this reality was presented well in the film.
Actually, if you look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hourly output of the American worker is higher than any European country, with the exception of Sweden.
Just a blurb before I go out on a Saturday night.
U.S. productivity is No. 1 in the world when productivity is measured as gross domestic product per worker, but our lead vanishes when productivity is measured as GDP per hour worked, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose members are the world's 30 most developed nations.
American workers stay longer in the office, at the factory or on the farm than their counterparts in Europe and most other rich nations, and they produce more per person over the year.They also get more done per hour than everyone but the Norwegians, according to a U.N. report released Monday, which said the United States "leads the world in labor productivity."
If the US workers produce more per unit time than others, that is amazing! I know that measurements like these can be hard to get right, and can be skewed, but if its true, that's really something.
I know that in my field, there is a lot of waiting around, with not a whole lot of work to do, and it comes in bursts (sometimes it can be a big burst). But I suppose its different for different jobs.
America's increased productivity "has to do with the ICT (information and communication technologies) revolution, with the way the U.S. organizes companies, with the high level of competition in the country, with the extension of trade and investment abroad," said Jose Manuel Salazar, the ILO's head of employment.
Things like working remotely and better use of technology rather then the traditional office/cubical setting would offer more time and more productivity, for example.
I believe that involvement by the government would drastically reduce costs ... see medicare, it is an incredibly efficient system of delivering health care.
I have a libertarian friend who runs his wife's pediatrician practice as her business manager and here is how he puts the argument for a free market system of health care.