by Jim Ridley
Ever hoped for someone to explain the current health care crisis in a way that avoids partisan bickering? Reviews suggest Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke might just be the ones. They're the directors of one of the year's most talked-about documentaries, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, which opens tonight for a week's run as part of The Belcourt's monthlong "Doctober" survey of contemporary (ahem) docs. The directors examine the issue from a variety of angles: prevention vs. disease maintenance, profit vs. nonprofit care, pharmaceutical expenses vs. increasing health woes.
Of particular interest is a panel discussion with health care professionals following the 7 p.m. screening tonight. Panelists include Dr. Jordan Asher, chief medical officer and chief integration officer for MissionPoint Health Partners; Dr. Roy Elam, medical director for Vanderbilt's Center for Integrative Health; Bharat Kilaru and Matt Stier, co-executive directors of Vanderbilt's Shade Tree Clinic; Bonnie Pilon, Vanderbilt professor of health systems management and senior associate dean of clinical and community partnerships; and Brent Parton, director of health policy and programs for SHOUTAmerica.