Money-Driven Medicine: Expert Comment

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Featured on Nightline, Bill Moyers’ Journal,
Terry Gross’ Fresh Air and Elsewhere

"One of the strongest documentaries I have seen in years and could not be more timely. The more people who see and talk about it, the more likely we are to get serious and true healthcare reform."

- Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal


“Few Americans appreciate how the healthcare system is gamed against physicians’ professional commitment to focus only on their patients’ best interests. This outstanding film helps us all understand why reform is essential.”

- Elliott S. Fisher, MD
Director, Dartmouth Center for Health Policy Research
Principal Investigator, Dartmouth Atlas Project

"In the midst of all the hollering comes a calm, quiet new documentary that offers another diagnosis of what’s ailing the American healthcare system. What makes Money-Driven Medicine so compelling is how the film listens to patients, and even more, to doctors."

- Terry Moran, NIGHTLINE


"An invaluable resource! It points the way towards systemic solutions that put patients at the center of the system and that remove deep-seated obstacles that so often frustrate health professionals’ efforts to deliver quality, affordable care to the benefit all.”

- Stephen Shortell
Dean, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

"Medicine has always been both a profession and a business; but the pendulum has swung too far and needs to swing back.  Money-Driven Medicine demonstrates incisively why it is time for younger physicians to take their profession back from those who are the money-grubbers."

- George Lundberg, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Medscape General Medicine
Former Editor, JAMA

"A great film, better than any brief:  informative, provocative, compelling.  I recommend it enthusiastically to medical school faculty, students, nurses and doctors alike.  Frankly, I think it should be "must viewing" for Congressional staffers as well.  It does a superb job laying out the policy challenges for the next decade if we are to provide all Americans a medical home and effective, high quality care while containing costs.”

- Jay Siwek, MD
Vice Chair, Dept. of Family Medicine

University Medical Center


Money-Driven Medicine speaks eloquently and concisely to the healthcare system’s current dysfunction. Should be screened by everyone involved with healthcare - companies, unions, policymakers, students - concerned with rewarding high quality and low
costs rather than the high cost / low quality model now in place.”

- Paul Grundy, MD, MPH
President, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative


"Maggie Mahar's terrific and sobering book, Money-Driven Medicine, on why healthcare is so expensive and what can be done about it, has now been turned into a powerful and engaging film."

- Robert Wachter, MD
Chief of the Medical Service
, UC-San Francisco Medical Center
Former President, Society of Hospital Medicine

"Money Driven Medicine packs a punch, as it reflects experiences of many (if not most) people in the  US.   The sooner the medical education system, the insurance industry, and the technology and device manufacturers recognize what they have done to the health of people in this country, the better."

- Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH


"This inspiring documentary is so riveting that I was compelled to share it with our entire health center management team. Their enthusiastic response was:  how do we get this message out to everyone, including our patients, and what can we do right here, right now, in our own Community Health Center to be part of the solution to our broken, ineffective and expensive healthcare system?"

- Kathy Lievre
RN, CEO, Tri-City Health Center

“If you’re tired of ignorant political sound bites in the healthcare debate, I have the cure.  Money-Driven Medicine explores why the US spends more than twice the average developed country on healthcare, with terrible health outcomes.  Unique, highly educational and fascinating.”

- Gillian Hubble,