Showing in our Community Room January 23
Showing in our Community Room January 23

Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. - Escape Fire (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 99 minutes.

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs – almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare spending goes to preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society.

It’s not surprising that healthcare is at the top of many Americans' concerns and at the center of an intense political firestorm in our nation's Capitol. But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system. The film examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

A Q&A led by Dr. Henri Roca, Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at Greenwich Hospital, will follow the film. Dr. Roca is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine. He currently provides both primary care and consultation services across all ages. Dr. Roca serves on behalf of Yale as a member of the Executive Board of the Consortia of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. He received his M.D. from Louisiana State University, completing his internship and residency in Family Medicine through Marshall University.

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