Waiting Room

January 9, 2017 - Comment

THE WAITING ROOM uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover, the film offers a raw, intimate and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease,

THE WAITING ROOM uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover, the film offers a raw, intimate and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.

Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. Steel workers, taxi cab drivers and international asylum seekers crowd the halls. The film interweaves the stories of several patients as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them as they cope with the complexity of the nation’s public healthcare system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.

THE WAITING ROOM lays bare the struggle and determination of both a community and an institution coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a healthcare landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.

Product Features

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Comments

Kcorn says:

A gut wrenching and very timely film, revealing challenges faced by uninsured patients in one hospital ER Behind all the debates on health care reform lies the reality of people who are both very sick and uninsured. The Waiting Room shows the faces of those patients – and the doctors and caregivers who strive to help them. This documentary was shot in the emergency room at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California but the same harsh reality plays out in emergency rooms all across the country.The film is undeniably grim but also surprisingly inspiring. There is no sermonizing by the…

Kcorn says:

Powerful look at the reality of the healthcare system for the uninsured What could be more relevant at this particular time than this movie? And even more so because the filmmakers trusted viewers enough to let them arrive at their own conclusions. There is no narration by some celebrity or political spokesperson. There are only the words and experiences of those who are very sick, uninsured, and with few options for medical care.The Waiting Room shows the faces of those patients – and the doctors and caregivers who strive to help them. This…

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