Money-Driven Medicine: User Guide

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Across the country educators, practitioners, conferences and organizations are using Money-Driven Medicine to better understand the forces shaping health care and why new policies are necessary from the doctor's office to Congress. You can join them by convening a screening at your campus, conference, workplace, professional association, congregation or even your living room.


Viewing Money-Driven Medicine can dispel the many myths about what’s really driving health care costs and quality, paving the way for a solution. The Professional's Edition DVD contains four different versions of the film enabling you to choose the version most appropriate to your needs, your time, and your audience. In addition, each version is divided into chapters so you can screen the entire film, or choose only the segments most appropriate for your audience.


Who can use the Film

Where to Screen the Film

Framing Your Screening: Themes and Audiences



Money-Driven Medicine has been used by organizations and individuals around the country including:

  • Community Health Centers
  • Educators
  • Health Economists
  • Health Reform Advocates
  • Labor Unions
  • Medical Schools
  • Patient Safety Advocates
  • Physicians and Healthcare Providers
  • Political Organizations
  • Public Health Organizations


Money-Driven Medicine has been designed so it can be used in a wide variety of contexts:

  • Classes and Course-ware
  • Community and Campus Dialogues
  • Policy Forums
  • In-Service Training
  • Conferences and Conventions
  • Meetings - Professional and Civic
  • Leadership Development Workshops
  • House Parties
  • On-line Learning
  • Brown-bag Lunch Programs
  • Webinars


You will want to organize your screening around the theme which most concerns your intended audience (for tips on organizing a successful screening, visit our Planning Guide).

1. What’s Wrong With American Healthcare?  The Overview

Money-Driven Medicine provides the clearest, most comprehensive analysis of the healthcare industry available on video. It goes beyond health insurance to explain clearly and dispassionately why the drive to maximize profits infects the quality, integrity and efficiency of healthcare at every level, driving up costs even as it harms patients.

Doctors, nurses, heath technicians, social workers and health administrators can use Money-Driven Medicine to understand more clearly the system they have to work in. Schools of medicine, nursing, public health and social work, as well as allied health programs can use the DVD to orient students to the forces shaping their career choices. Money-Driven Medicine offers an accessible, new on- and off-line teaching tool for professors of health policy studies, medical sociology, political science, bio-ethics and medical economics to provide a broad overview of the economic forces distorting the healthcare sector.

2.  The Next Healthcare Challenge: Cost Containment With Quality Care for All

Money-Driven Medicine distinguishes rationed care from effective, evidence-based care.  It explores the how and why of changing incentives from a fee-for-service to a results-based, accountable, pay-for-performance care system.

Healthcare providers, their professional associations, hospital administrators, community clinics, insurance companies, labor unions, health economists and public health policy makers can use Money-Driven Medicine to help the public and policy makers understand how evidenced-based and accountable care can both save money and provide better care.

3.  Patient-Centered Medicine

How has money-driven medicine come between doctors and their patients, harming both? Money-Driven Medicine can introduce patients and practitioners to an exciting new paradigm - "patient-centered care", what everyone agrees medicine should be all about. The film shows how a collaboration based on listening to, informing and involving patients and their families in medical decisions and treatments can improve health outcomes.

Money-Driven Medicine provides an orientation to patient-centered medicine for patient and disease-specific advocacy groups, in-service training and reaccreditation programs, professional conferences and medical and technical schools.

4.  Back to Basics: Primary and Preventive Care

Why does our system devalue - and underpay - primary care providers? Why is time spent talking with patients less important than high-cost, high-tech, highly specialized procedures and surgeries? Why do we direct more resources to last-minute “rescue” medicine than consistent health management which could prevent many emergencies? What will it take to recruit more primary care physicians and nurse practitioners?

Money-Driven Medicine can help build a constituency for primary care, returning it to its stature as the frontline of healthcare. Career planning and counseling programs, patient advocacy groups, community health centers, medical schools and public health departments can use Money-Driven Medicine to convince their clients, staff and students as well as elected officials, boards and policy makers of the value of primary and family practise, medical homes, and why these are smart investments.

5. Becoming an Informed Patient

The personal stories in Money-Driven Medicine provide powerful, even scary arguments about why it is imperative for patients and their families to become their own advocates, skeptical, and unafraid to ask questions.

Money-Driven Medicine can serve as a primer for patients’ safety, rights and advocacy groups ranging from Consumers Union to the American Cancer Society and how and why to become a more informed healthcare user.


Additional Resources for Optimizing the Effectiveness of Money-Driven Medicine

A Planning Guide for Organizations
Tips for planning an effective screening, one that not only deepens understanding of the issues but serves as a  first step towards encouraging your entire organization to make health policy a priority

Get Involved Today!
A menu of actions which can further comprehensive healthcare reform