The film investigates the American health care system, focusing on its health insurance and pharmaceutical industry.
The film compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care systems of Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba.
Sicko opened to positive reviews, but also generated criticism and controversy.
Some policy specialists have praised the film while others have criticized the film for its positive portrayal of the publicly funded health systems of Canada,
The United Kingdom and Cuba, and for its negative portrayal of the health care system in the United States.
Sicko was made on a budget of approximately $9 million, and grossed $24.5 million theatrically in the United States.
This box office result met the official expectation of The Weinstein Company, which hoped for a gross in line with Bowling for Columbine's $21.5 million US box office gross.
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