Documentary Exposes the Reality of Canadian Health Care

Published December 7, 2005

On the Fence Films, founded by technology entrepreneur Stuart E. Browning and lawyer Blaine Greenberg, is working to create a new breed of political documentary that informs, entertains, and considers points of view different from those offered by The New York Times, CBS News, and other media outlets.

Toward that end, On the Fence Films has produced Dead Meat, a 25-minute short film documenting the reality of health care under Canada’s socialized medical system. Canadians wait … and wait … and wait. And sometimes they die while waiting for free government health care. Dead Meat debuted at the Liberty Film Festival in West Hollywood, California on October 21, 2005.

Before his unexpected death in March 2005, Heartland Senior Fellow Conrad F. Meier was actively involved with the On the Fence Films crew in producing this documentary. Many other proponents of consumer-directed health care reform–including David Gratzer of the Manhattan Institute and Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute–also worked on the film.

The filmmakers are currently in production on a feature-length film addressing health care in the U.S. and Canada slated for release in late 2006.

Dead Meat is available in Windows Media, QuickTime, and Apple iPod Video formats at