Sick Around the World- Five capitalist democracies around the world – Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Germany – all have health care systems that provide health care for everyone. They have higher life expectancies, lower infant mortality rates, and spend less money than the U.S. for health care. At any given time, at least 45 million Americans do not have health insurance. What lessons can the U.S. learn about health care from other countries? In Sick Around the World, travel to these countries with correspondent T.R. Reid and learn how their healthcare systems cost effectively cover all their residents with better health outcomes than the U.S. Link: (56 min)

The Healthcare Movie, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, explores the health care system in Canada: how it came to be, how it works for ordinary Canadians, how it is paid for, and how it compares to its American counterpart. Also explores over 100 years of attempts in the U.S. to create a national healthcare system. Produced by Lauri Simons (a former Canadian) and Terri Sterrenberg, it captures moving stories of families’ experiences with the Canadian healthcare system. (74 min/short version 27 min)

Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody, the second film by Lauri Simons and Terri Sterrenberg explores recent efforts towards a universal “Medicare for All” type healthcare system in the U.S. and how these connect with the broader social justice movement. An interesting and inspiring film for audiences already aware of the “single payer” movement or other progressive causes. (71 min/short version 35 min) Now is the Time trailer:

Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point, produced by Richard Master of MCS Industries, reaches across the political and ideological divide to explore challenges in our healthcare system and explore solutions. This documentary takes an in-depth look at how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting the nation’s health, while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens. Ideal for general public audiences of all political affiliations. (58 min/short version 41 min) Access Fix It online here:

Big Pharma: Market Failure, also by Richard Master, is a documentary that makes an effective business case for realizable change. It digs deep to answer key questions. How much do pharma companies really spend on research and development of truly innovative drugs? Do “free market” principles impact drug prices and help control cost? Do the normal rules of business apply to the pharma industry? Big Pharma: Market Failure proposes a solution that makes business sense for employers and health sense for employees. It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth about today’s pharmaceutical costs and what we can do about them. (51 min/short version 38 min) Access Big Pharma online here:

Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink, also produced by Richard Master, explores why Americans are sicker than they should be, poorer than they ought to be and less safe than they deserve to be. This documentary explores the effect of money in politics and common-sense solutions that will get our democracy back on track. (45 min) Access Big Money online here: