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ESCAPE FIRE film explores problems, solutions of U.S. healthcare system

August 30, 2013 | Mary Scheller
Mary Scheller
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The University of Southern Indiana’s College of Nursing and Health Professions will sponsor a free screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary, ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, in Mitchell Auditorium in the Health Professions Center on USI’s campus.

Directed by Matthew Heineman and Oscar-nominee Susan Froemke, ESCAPE FIRE tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: What can be done to save our broken medical system?

“The movie is geared toward individuals interested in taking better control of their personal health and who would like to get more involved in finding solutions that could help fix our healthcare system,” said Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, assistant professor of health informatics at USI. Mustata Wilson first watched the documentary on CNN in March. “Our hope is that by bringing this movie to USI, we will help change the healthcare conversation in our community.”

The film is a combination of interviews, animation, and archival footage, with gripping, personal stories of patients and physicians woven in to show the U.S. healthcare system from a variety of angles. The filmmakers put a human face on the complex battle over cost and access to healthcare, while pinpointing current problems.

Heineman and Froemke, the two directors, said they made the movie because news media usually focus on partisan politics – in particular the polarizing debate over the Affordable Care Act – instead of addressing what is really wrong with healthcare and what might be done to create a sustainable system for the future.

Mustata Wilson said that healthcare professionals who attend the screening of ESCAPE FIRE will qualify for two Prescribed CME credits from the American Academy of Family Physicians, which can translate via reciprocity into two American Medical Association Category 1 credits. Some students also have the opportunity to earn extra credit towards their course grades, depending on the course and instructor preference.

“At times, our current medical system seems to be more profit-driven rather than patient-driven,” said Mustata Wilson said. “The movie’s main message is that we need to change from being a ‘disease-care system’ to a more preventative healthcare system.”

For any questions, contact Mary Scheller at mtscheller@usi.edu or 812/228-5123.

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