Movie review: 'Escape Fire' a rallying cry for health-care reform

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As much a movement as a movie, "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Health Care" surveys the troubles in the way Americans receive their medical care.

The big problems include a procedure-based payment system that rewards the work done, not the results; an overreliance on pharmaceuticals and high-tech solutions; and lobbying by insurance, hospitals, medical-supply manufacturers and big drug companies that keeps the government rules as they are.

Directors Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke talk to doctors frustrated with the system, insurance whistleblower Wendell Potter, and experts such as physicians Andrew Weil and Dean Ornish, who suggest solutions.

The most compelling parts of the film talk about how the military, dealing with injured and traumatized soldiers from two wars, is in the vanguard of trying new treatments that help patients and save money.; —


'Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Health Care'

Opens Friday, Oct. 5, at the Tower Theatre; rated PG-13 for some thematic material; 95 minutes. For more movie reviews, visit