Sicko (2007)

I personally enjoy Michael Moore’s movies and when I found out that he produced Sicko i really wanted to see it. I had no idea what he would talk about in this movie, but I wanted to give it a try.

After the first two minutes I spend the other 1 hour and 58 minutes of the movie with my mouth open, I could not believe my eyes.

The movie is about how healthcare works in the US, not about the 47 millions of Americans that do not benefit of healthcare, but about the 250 millions that do, but that do not receive the treatment that they should. About the doctors that receive bonuses for denying treatments or worse, for letting patients die. It’s not the amount of money you pay for the healthcare, which is, actually, one of the highest in the world, but about paying all this money for nothing: they will find any excuse to deny any surgery, any treatment so that the company does not spend money and they increase profits (there are persons that are paid for doing this).

It’s a shocking movie. I am used to going to the doctor anytime I need without paying anything. I pay it through taxes and I receive a fair healthcare, as all the Spanish or foreigner people that come here.

There is a ranking that Michael Moore talks about in the movie. United States of America is the 37th in the ranking of the world’s health systems realized by the World Health Organization. Even Costa Rica has a better system than the US. Actually, in the movie Michael takes a few persons that helped in the rescue on 11/9 and got sick after that and who did not receive a correct treatment in the US to Cuba where they receive medical attention for free.

In this ranking I looked for Romania and I found it… rank 99. Romania has universal healthcare, but all Romanians know that if you need to see a doctor you will have to pay extra-money to be treated ok, otherwise you might see yourself forgotten in a room during a few days. It’s how it works and all Romanians accept it as something natural. You get medical attention even if you don’t pay, but in most of the cases the doctors wait for you to give them money (and not only the doctors, the nurses also and any other person in the hospital that you need to see).

This world we live in is very sad. I am so disappointed.


The World Health Organization ranking of the world’s health systems

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

 

After reading Kafka on the shore I could not resist buying a new Murakami novel. This time it was Norwegian Wood, the only realistic novel that Murakami ever wrote.

Toru Watanabe, a 37 year old man finds himself in an European airport and suddenly hears a song that brings back to him lots of memories from his youth. The song is The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood. The rest of the novel tries to picture these memories built around Naoko, a special girl with whom he has a special but very difficult relationship, and Midori, a very human, very lively girl. To many it might seem just a love story that doesn’t even deserve to be read, but I think it’s much more than that. I could identify in the novel many of the symbols that Murakami used in Kafka on the shore: cats, deep forests, etc.

I think reading Murakami is an experience which goes beyond the story that he tells. I consider the characters he builds striking, I found the dialogues very interesting, very human and very realistic, the descriptions are very thorough but not boring. I find it interesting to read Murakami, it makes me feel things, that’s what good writers do!

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. That’s the world of hicks and slobs. Real people would be ashamed of themselves doing that”

 

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