As regular readers know, Alex Gibney, the Academy-Award-Winning documentary film-maker who made Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room and Taxi to the Dark Side has produced a 90-minute documentary of my book, Money-Driven Medicine.
Alex and the director, Andy Fredericks, did a superb job of translating the book to the screen. The production values are high, and the stories are riveting. I have now attended several screenings: people in the audience laugh—and they cry.
The film’s distributor has now set up a preliminary website where individuals can sign up to rent the film digitally for just $2.95 ( On the same moneydrivenmedicine.org High Schools, Public Libraries, HBCU’s and Qualifying Community Organizations can purchase the DVD for $49.95. Colleges, Corporations and Government Agencies can purchase the DVD for $195.
Please Note: I am not sharing in the profits on any of these rentals and sales. And I have not set the prices. Though, I should add, the prices seem to me fair. I am very glad that individuals will be able to rent the film for less than $3—and that high schools, public libraries and qualifying community organizations can purchase it at a relatively low price.
Perhaps some readers will consider purchasing the film for their local high school or library. Others might buy it for a college. This might inspire a college or a library to host a free screening.
Consider organizing a community dialogue, policy forum or even a town-hall meeting built around the film so that health “consumers,” practitioners, the media and policy-makers can better understand what’s truly driving health care costs and participate more effectively in the health care reform debate. Tools to help convene such events will soon be added to a new www.moneydrivenmedicine.org web site very soon.
Please let me know if you are organizing a screening. We can provide mailing lists for your communiity and educational materials.