Be Sick... It's Free

Be Sick... It's Free (Italian: Il medico della mutua) is a 1968 Italian comedy film directed by Luigi Zampa and starring Alberto Sordi.[1] A sequel was made titled Il Prof. Dott. Guido Tersilli, primario della clinica Villa Celeste, convenzionata con le mutue.

Be Sick... It's Free
(Il medico della mutua)
Film poster
Directed byLuigi Zampa
Written bySergio Amidei
Giuseppe D'Agata
Alberto Sordi
Luigi Zampa
StarringAlberto Sordi
Music byPiero Piccioni
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
98 minutes


Dr. Guido Tersilli finds himself in the hospital for a nervous breakdown. In fact, this is due to the disproportionate number of patients that the doctor had at his studio. However, a few months before this event Guido was a different person. He was just a simple pediatrician of Rome who performed a few visits for children. But the mother planned for him a great future as a doctor, and taught him to play dirty hospital where Guido worked to gain more customers can be borrowed. Mutual is an association that gave the Italians the State contribution for care by doctors, in Italy the period of maximum growth was precisely that of the sixties in which doctors and primary clinics trying to accumulate for their many customers who had to scrape together more money mutual. Tersilli from a simple pediatrician starts to become a real doctor raking here and there with mutual customers. The turning point occurs when Guido is called by a rich lady to visit her husband. Guido takes just a chance to woo the woman, although he was already engaged to another girl to bring her into his list of patients borrowed. So Guido, under the envy of colleagues, start earning with the rich lady countless customers borrowed touching the 2000 patients. However Guido fails for a long time to heal all the stress due to the ongoing work of the cause exhaustion. In the hospital Guido finds himself face to face with his enemies colleagues who decide to take care of him but stealing a portion of the best clients with mutual. Then Guido Tersilli continue to see patients but staying in bed and talking by phone.



  1. "New York Times: Be Sick... It's Free". NY Times. Archived from the original on 20 March 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
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