Star Trek: Voyager

Season 7 Episode 5

Critical Care

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2000 on UPN

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  • Critical Care


    Critical Care was a perfect episode of Star Trek: Voyager and I really enjoyed watching this episode which focused on the Doctor. The story was well written and interesting along with having important parallels to our own society. There was a lot of character development for the Doctor and it was intriguing to watch him wrestle with the decisions he faced. The aliens in this episode were cool and I like how the Doctor turned things around on the Administrator, though it seems to have haunted him afterwards. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!

  • The Doctor is kidnapped by a shady salesman named Gar. While Voyager attempts to locate and rescue the Doctor, he is sold into posession of an alien operation however their way of determining who gets treatment conflicts with the Doctors ethics.

    The Doctor is stolen and sold to the Administrator and Chief of an Alien hospital ship whose mission is to treat and save a civilisation of people who have met with some kind of disaster or are suffering from environmental problems.

    The Doctor while reluctant to work at first, soon starts performing surgery and diagnosis on patients, his works are halted by the rules and the so called Allocator's TC system.
    A patient with low TC is not considered a priority, and are written off as a liability and left to die.
    While they have medicine and supplies capable of saving everyone on the lower priority "red level" it is denied to them for having too little TC.
    for instance the Psytogloben injections which could save a Boy the Doctor comes to grow fond of sharing medical knowledge with and 12 other people with a cellular degenerative disease, is wasted on people in "level blue" priority care for things as trivial as merely extending life expectancy.

    Despite the Doctors insistence that he can successfully ration the supplies to save many people he is denied the oppurtunity, and often subjected to bigotry as he is just "a computer program" in the eyes of Chellick.

    The Doctor then decides to resort to rather unconventional means to save lives.

    Meanwhile Voyager hunts down Gar to locate and recover the doctor, on the way meeting other former business partners who were cheated by him, helping them in exchange for information to track down Gar Voyager successfully locates the Doctors location.

    Meanwhile the Doctors attempts to treat the young boy have failed due to secondary infection, and without any additional medication to fight it he had unfortunately passed on, outraged the Doctor demands an explanation from Chellick, and realises that the 12 other people he treated had only recovered only to return to work in a dangerous mine where they will most likely die from the hazards associated with the job.

    when the Doctor is then forced to treat Code blue patients unable to leave, he enlists the help of a medical assistant who he aquinted with on Level Red, he successfully escapes by having his mobile emmitter shielded in a medical carry case and devises a plan to provide treatment for everyone, by infecting Chellick and making him a patient in his own hospital and since the Allocator does not give him enough TC for treatment he agree's to change the rules and provide equal treatment to everyone, in exchange the Doctor cures him just as Voyager arrives to rescue him.

    This episode is in my opinion the one where the Doctor is most compassionate and shows allot of his Humanity despite being just a medical officer suppliment back in season 1.

    one of many episodes of voyager which are my favorite.
  • Gar is interested in selling one mobile emitter to Chellick. Chellick is a facility administrator of an overcrowded airborne hospital ship. The emitter belongs to The Doctor. Paris and Kim go to sickbay. Something is wrong with The Doctor.

    Gar is interested in selling one mobile emitter to Chellick. Chellick is a facility administrator of an overcrowded airborne hospital ship. The emitter belongs to The Doctor. Paris and Kim go to sickbay. Something is wrong with The Doctor. Janeway investigates The Doctor's disappearance. It seems Gar was a passenger aboard Voyager at one time. Neelix fed him some his cooking. Gar went to sickbay to be cured of stomach pain. He took The Doctors program and left the crew with a dummy program. The Doctor is shock to see medical care differs by person's wealth status. I rate this episode a 9.2
  • This episode is all about the effects of health care rationing, regarding "the have's" and "the have not's"....but there is a lot more to learn here than that. >

    I love Voyager, and this type of episode is one of my favorites as it makes you think of how the episode relates to our lives here in the real world. I would venture to guess that many fans of science fiction, especially shows like TNG and Voyager are from liberal persuasion. I even got the sense from watching the show that the message from the writers, and embraced by many of its viewers, was to hit home about how unfair it is that the more privileged you are, the better the health care can be, and how wrong that is. Of course it’s wrong! The debate is: what is the solution? Now, I ask that my liberal, enlightened and intellectual friends out there obtain your barf bags as I announce that I am coming from the other side. Free speech and thought is acceptable and encouraged, yes? So of course you will listen! I am one of those EVIL conservatives in America that you might assume doesn't give a rat's butt about the welfare of the poor and lower middle class. On the contrary, it is because of poor and average people that I fear the government getting more involved in the U.S.A health care system...god forbid...a single-payer...government controlled system.... for the rich are always taken care of in ANY country, even if it means traveling to the USA to get the best care and chance for hope.

    You see-it is when the government is in control that things get rationed. Myself, being in the 82nd Airborne Division US Army have seen it first hand.

    In the show, the allotment of medicine was reduced as the cure rate increased (less medicine therefore was needed). Then when patients in need required more, it became unavailable, as the reduced allotment had been exceeded. I certainly would love to hear from people in other countries on how their health care is rationed. Likewise, in the military, we would go to the rifle range to qualify our marksmanship...our Unit was allotted a certain amount of ammunition, based on previous Units allotments. When our Unit would finish qualifying we still had 50% ammunition left, and we were told to fire it off...WASTE IT...and why? Because we were told that it would insure that next time, other Units would have ample allotments. The cost of that waste is mind-bogglingly enormous...thousands of dollars for just one military Unit...and there were hundreds of similar Units just like ours training everyday. Right or wrong...this is simply how government works. It is inefficient, wasteful, and dumb. Of course this is just one example.

    Has anybody had a chance to go inside and experience the difference between U.S. Military/Veterans hospitals to that of a Yale New Haven, Duke, or even your local hospital? How's the customer service at your local Department of Motor Vehicles? How's your mail delivery? Run by private enterprise? No, but by our "friendly" government. If you needed a major heart operation, would you trust our government and the hospitals they’ve built? Well maybe, if you had no other choice. But what if you do already have that choice? Which operating room would you rather be in?

    Now don't get me wrong, as I am not bashing any of the people who work at these places. They work to make a living like you and me, and most people work very hard doing it and they should be commended and I value each and every one.

    But government works and thinks differently, through no fault of its own. It is what it is.

    This isn’t Star Trek…in a utopia on a federation space ship with unlimited resources. This is real life. The U.S. health care system is no doubt broken, with millions of uninsured people, and needs some major fixing. The rich from other counties come to ours to get the best care and best chance for hope. But when our system is just like theirs, where will we go to get the best care and best chance for hope for ourselves?

    Just think (objectively from both sides)…before wishing for and rushing into the love and fantasy of a single-payer, government-run, health care system.

    If the government, on the other hand, were to provide an Emergency Medical Hologram, to all hospitals I might just reconsider!