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Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

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 US 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. With consummate skill, 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 US military.

Human Rights Watch has long been reporting on government failure to ensure access to health care around the world, focusing in particular on the health of vulnerable populations, including women, children, prisoners, displaced persons, LGBT persons, drug users, ethnic and racial minorities, and migrant workers. Recent reports have addressed barriers to HIV services in the southern United States, and to palliative care and pain treatment in Ukraine, India, and Kenya; physical abuse and denial of care to prisoners living with HIV in Uganda and Zambia; and arbitrary detention, forced labor, and physical abuse in the name of "drug treatment" in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.