In 2007 and 2009 I co-produced two PBS FRONTLINE documentaries, “Sick Around The World” and “Sick Around America,” which examined the successes and challenges of health care systems abroad and in the United States. The two films have had enduring importance to medical providers, insurers, patients and health care policymakers. In 2013 Dr. Jeff Weisz approached me with his book, “It’s a Great Time to be a Physician,” about the evolving practice of medicine, and asked if I thought the subject could become a documentary. I did. And the result is a new documentary presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting for public media distribution through NETA, “The Doctor Fix: A New Era of Modern Medicine.”
JEFFREY WEISZ, MD
My purpose in making this film is to open up conversations among physicians about how they can take charge of their destiny and participate in creating high-value healthcare. I strongly believe that we need to be leaders in shaping both how healthcare reform unfolds and the new healthcare system that will address the challenges faced today in an era of limited resources and escalating demand. I believe that we can build a win-win system; one where high-quality care is delivered at affordable prices, and where physicians are fairly compensated while experiencing the satisfaction and pride of professional accomplishment and contribution.