The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

DVD - 2013
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A character-driven documentary film that goes behind the doors of an American public hospital (Oakland, Ca.) struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. The film weaves 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 health care system, while dealing with a national recession
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Docurama ; Cinedigm Entertainment Corp., [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
Characteristics: 1 DVD video (approximately 81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1
Other Standard Identifier: 025192205910


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Nov 09, 2015

This documentary puts the larger picture in perspective by going behind the scenes in a public hospital. It clarifies the effects on an already overloaded hospital system to address, what I see as, essentially 2 categories of patients: 1) those that consciously inflict the harm unto themselves (eg, OD due to substance abuse) and 2) those that do not (eg, cancer). There's a profound personal responsibility factor here that's not being addressed by the 1st category of patients that I hope they will weigh upon after their latest hospital visit (if they make it that far), as it not only affects their health, but it escalates the dangers involuntarily placed on the other patients in the waiting room, who must now wait longer to be attended to so that the doctors can address the health issues of the higher priority patients in the 1st category.

Dec 10, 2014

As a Canadian, this doc gave me a deep sense of appreciation for our medical system.

Serenity77777 May 09, 2014

I really LOVED this documentary.
Words can't really express how
wonderful and humane I felt
this documentary is. Its a real
eye-opener! After you see the
film, please check out all the features
and commentary as it gives you
more information regarding the
hospital, the patients, and the
staff that works there.

aaa5756 Feb 07, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!


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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Feb 07, 2014

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Feb 07, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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