Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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Critical Care 

The Doctor is stolen from Voyager by an alien who sells him and his mobile emitter to a hospital on a densely-populated planet. He is activated in a cramped room filled with sick people and... See full summary »


Terry Windell


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Tuvok
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine
Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim
John Kassir ... Gar
Gregory Itzin ... Dr. Dysek
Paul Scherrer Paul Scherrer ... Voje
Dublin James ... Tebbis
Larry Drake ... Chellick
Christinna Chauncey ... Level Blue Nurse


The Doctor is stolen from Voyager by an alien who sells him and his mobile emitter to a hospital on a densely-populated planet. He is activated in a cramped room filled with sick people and is made to treat them using only very basic equipment. When the administrators of the facility realise how skilled the Doctor is, they move him to another area of the hospital to treat more deserving patients. The Doctor is appalled to learn that the medical care that people are given is linked to their status in society and hatches a plan to make things a little less discriminatory. Written by Jonathan Stevenson

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1 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in 2377. See more »


When the doctor is talking about his plan to escape Level Blue, there is a nurse sitting nearby well withing ear shot at a desk. See more »


[Chellick explains the treatment coefficient of the patients in the hospital]
Chellick: An agricultural engineer is obviously more important than a waste processor.
The Doctor: Important to whom?
Chellick: Society. When your resources are limited, you have to prioritize.
The Doctor: So you base treatment on whether patients have particular abilities.
Chellick: It's much more complicated than that. The Allocator assesses the entire individual.
The Doctor: And reduces his life to a number.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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And you thought ObamaCare was rough!
4 March 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the show begins, the Doctor is activated and shocked that he's NOT on Voyager. It seems someone stole his program and holo emitter and sold it! Until he can be rescued, he has to make the best of it. However, it's soon apparent that he's on a hellish planet and the medical treatment is allocated according to how beneficial you are to society. In other words, if you have a red designation, you get very little treatment--even if it isn't very expensive. But, if you're a blue, then you are in luck!

I liked this commentary on health care--it has a lot of parallels to today and I am sure the writer intended this. In addition, it's a dandy episode and you'll like the way Neelix deals with the thief. And, if you do watch it, look for Larry Drake (a regular on "LA Law" and in the "Darkman" films) as well as Jim O'Heir (Larry/Gerry/Terry/Gary from "Parks and Recreation) in one of his first roles. He's under a lot of make-up--so listen for his voice as he plays a man crying about losing his wife.

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