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  • Actors: Laura Dern, James Le Gros, Regina King, Suki Kaiser, David Lewis
  • Directors: Harry Winer
  • Writers: Ilene Chaiken
  • Producers: Laura Dern, Harry Winer, David Roessell, Thomas R. Polizzi
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Dec 10 2002
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RCNB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,063 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Laura Dern stars as a doctor who married and had kids before she was ever able to practice medicine. Her first efforts to return to the work place lead her to becoming a medical reviewer for a large HMO. There she is told she will help to stop the practice of doctors ordering (and making the insurance companies pay for) unneeded tests and procedures. It becomes clear that in fact she is there to rubber stamp denials and add an aura of legitimacy to a the practice of denying people the services their premiums paid for. Despite her stress and unhappiness her husband has her stay on in order to supplement the family income. Only after she has to make a life or death call does the lead begin to realize that the system itself is flawed and cannot be fixed from the inside.
As she expresses her concerns publicly the family starts to fall apart and the increased stress almost make Dr. Peeno give up the good fight. Her moment of truth comes with the help of two people - a nun and a former nurse now a victim of the system she once worked for.
This is a chick flick based on real events about the most naive person ever to graduate medical school. It was hard to believe that it took so long for the light to dawn on Dern�s character about so many things in her life. But when she started to take action she proved to be capable and interesting.
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By Amazon Customer on Oct. 15 2003
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Peeno is a physician and a renowned critic of the way US health maintenance organizations boost profits by depriving patients of care. She has provided evidence for American patients suing HMOs; testified to the US congress; and spoken to the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
Having had my own personal horror of the HMO system. This movie cuts right to my heart. A doctor inform with a heart transplant he was sure he could have saved my mom's life. Her HMO, refused to approved the claim...6 mths later she died.
And it saddened me for some to call it a chick flick. To look down on Peeno stating it took her long enought to come forward....but,the bottom line is.... she did... how many others have had the courage to do so? I salute you, your voice and your movie Dr.Linda Peeno.
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Excellent Film! Told the sad truth about corporate greed, exploitation of US Managed Care, HMO system for corporate profit. Unethical deneial of critical medical services to patients. Highly recommend this film. Laura Dern deserves ***** for this movie. Showtime and Pamouunt Network Television deserve ***** for making this film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5 star movie Oct. 15 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Peeno is a physician and a renowned critic of the way US health maintenance organizations boost profits by depriving patients of care. She has provided evidence for American patients suing HMOs; testified to the US congress; and spoken to the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
Having had my own personal horror of the HMO system. This movie cuts right to my heart. A doctor inform with a heart transplant he was sure he could have saved my mom's life. Her HMO, refused to approved the claim...6 mths later she died.
And it saddened me for some to call it a chick flick. To look down on Peeno stating it took her long enought to come forward....but,the bottom line is.... she did... how many others have had the courage to do so? I salute you, your voice and your movie Dr.Linda Peeno.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5* Movie With An Ethical Message on HMO's. April 9 2004
By Karen McDonald Patonai - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Excellent Film! Told the sad truth about corporate greed, exploitation of US Managed Care, HMO system for corporate profit. Unethical deneial of critical medical services to patients. Highly recommend this film. Laura Dern deserves ***** for this movie. Showtime and Pamouunt Network Television deserve ***** for making this film.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Aug. 3 2004
By J. McAndrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Excellent movie, gives one an interesting view of the insurance industry and the value the companies see in human life.
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Wow! Eye opener Feb. 13 2013
By Linda Marie Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you want to know why we think our health insurance companies don't have the right to tell us what medicine we can or cannot take and why some do not get the surgeries they need covered. This is a movie for you. A real eye opener and lots to talk about after seeing this movie.
Great film.. April 3 2009
By Khaled Altaher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Dr. Linda Peeno, a Medical reviewer, used to work in two insurance companies that totally exploited the insurance requests they received from hospitals by denying payment for patients with expensive procedures. Linda could not bear the unethical actions and decisions taken by these companies, quits working for them and decides to start a campaign to unveil their dirty work.

This movie reminded me of the documentary "Sicko", that also unveiled the dirty work of many insurance companies. I can't imagine that a company would deny payment for someone that needs a life or death procedure, just to save money! But there are certainly lots of greedy people with decision manking power out there.

Excellent film, that is actually based on a true story.

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