Dan Rybicky: Accident, MD (short film)

March 4, 2019

Dan Rybicky: Accident, MD (short film)

Accident, MD is a survey of attitudes about America’s healthcare crisis, filmed in and around the small town of Accident, Maryland.

“Accident, MD” is a Staff Pick Premiere! Read more about it here: vimeo.com/blog/post/accident-md

“’Accident, MD’ is the passionate work of a civic-minded filmmaker who, in the midst of a Presidential campaign that was fuelled by outlandishly deceptive claims, channels his bewilderment into action; in presenting the insidious power of political propaganda and its irrational effect, it does more, in its nineteen-minute span, to explain the election of a flamboyantly enraged liar than most daily newspaper accounts.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker


Health care in the United States is provided by many distinct organizations.[1] Health care facilities are largely owned and operated by private sector businesses. 58% of US community hospitals are non-profit, 21% are government owned, and 21% are for-profit.[2] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent $9,403 on health care per capita, and 17.1% on health care as percentage of its GDP in 2014. Healthcare coverage is provided through a combination of private health insurance and public health coverage (e.g., MedicareMedicaid). The United States does not have a universal healthcare program, unlike other advanced industrialized countries.[3][4]

The United States life expectancy is 78.6 years at birth, up from 75.2 years in 1990; this ranks 42nd among 224 nations, and 22nd out of the 35 industrialized OECD countries, down from 20th in 1990.[8][9] In 2016 and 2017 life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the first time since 1993.[10] Of 17 high-income countries studied by the National Institutes of Health, the United States in 2013 had the highest or near-highest prevalence of obesity, car accidents, infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancies, injuries, and homicides.[11] A 2014 survey of the healthcare systems of 11 developed countries found that the US healthcare system to be the most expensive and worst-performing in terms of health access, efficiency, and equity.[12]



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