Filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke in person at all three screenings!
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can the United States save its badly broken healthcare system? American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually within 10 years. Patients pay more, yet health outcomes are worse. Thus, it is no surprise that healthcare is a top concern in the United States and at the center of an intense political debate. The current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem though: the United States has a disease-care system, not a healthcare system. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into a high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. Filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke interweave dramatic personal stories with the efforts of leaders battling to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the U.S. military. Screening followed by discussion with filmmakers and film subject Shannon Brownlee, Instructor, Dartmouth Medical School and Acting Director, Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Discussion moderated by Aisling Reidy, Senior Legal Adviser, Legal and Policy division, Human Rights Watch.