The “Sick around the World” documentary discussed five different healthcare systems, and explained the ups and downs to every system. The narrator was in search of a healthcare system that the United States may want to look to as a better alternative than the current system we have. I was intrigued specifically by Great Britain’s policy because I know that they are very proud of their National Health Service (NHS), and I was unaware of how drastically different their system is when compared to the United States’. In Great Britain, every patient must visit a gatekeeper before seeing a specialist. The gatekeeper’s job is to determine whether or not a patient really does need to see a specialist, or if he has something as simple as the common cold which can easily be treated at home. In England, they have the same type of doctors as we do in the United States, but in England it may take much longer for a doctor to see a patient. A British doctor may also not be as well off financially as American doctors are because they do not make as high of a profit since their prices are controlled by the government. Their healthcare system allows their citizens to never pay a medical bill if they are on the government run healthcare plan, but in return their citizens do have to pay considerably higher taxes than the United States. The doctors treat their patients’ bodies and symptoms in the same manner as an American doctor (or biomedical doctor) would, and the quality of the care given is similar to what one would find in the United States. Great Britain also seems to have a drastically lower infant mortality rate than the United States which many would say is thanks to the NHS. Possibly the most surprising discovery found during the making of this documentary, was that in not one of the five countries visited had anyone heard of a citizen going bankrupt due to medical bills.