With health care still very much a topic at the forefront of public debate, CNN Films has picked up Susan Frömke and Matthew Heineman’s documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” which premiere at Sundance last year and received a theatrical release from Roadside Attractions in October. CNN will air the doc on Sunday, March 10 at 8pm and against at 11pm.
The film digs into the problems with America’s patchwork healthcare system, looking into why the country spends so much more money on healthcare while lagging in life expectancy behind almost every industrialized nation, and investigating how our system is economically incentivized to focus more on disease management than disease prevention.
“CNN Films is very pleased to bring this documentary to television,” said CNN president Jeff Zuckera. “The physical health of our nation and the cost of healthcare, impact every current fiscal challenge we face. This compelling film gives us an explanation of some of the factors that have contributed to our broken system and explains why we urgently need to fix it.” Filmmaker Heineman added that “CNN is the perfect place to release ‘Escape Fire’ to spark an honest and important dialogue about the future of healthcare.”
CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta will moderate a 30-minute discussion about the health care system after the “Escape Fire” broadcast premiere. Check out a for “Escape Fire” below: