So I saw this joint, and thought that since it hits so close to home for the collective here at theintellution.com that it should most definitely be posted. In one way or another, we have all did a rotation requiring us to spend time in one ER or another during our medical school years and during our training/residency. And if you ask any one of us is the issue that’s presented in this film a very realistic one, I’m sure we would all agree in a ‘heartbeat’ (get it?….yeah I know it was lame but I couldn’t resist). I won’t get into my ideas of health care policy or politics regarding health care these days or the budgeting of hospitals because that topic could go on and on for days at a time, and in my opinion, it mostly is a big waste of time. This is because for all the time spent arguing nothing is getting done, people are still sick and dying, and the waiting rooms are still overflowing.
So I will just say that the The Waiting Room gives a glimpse into the lives of those not fortunate enough to have regular access to health care. It goes behind the doors of an American public hospital (based in Oakland, CA) in a 24 hour time frame that’s struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients, and offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, executive staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. The documentary has won a several awards at various film festivals, and it’s supposed to be released sometime later this month (September 2012). You can check out the trailer below.
I’m sure if any opinions are shared on this topic in the comments section, there will be a range of opinions voiced, but I will say we all have different opinions for a reason and as long as that reason has some sort of logic behind it then we don’t mind hearing it. In other words, please don’t post a comment based solely off hate or anger for something or one that disrespects someone else’s ideas because you disagree. That is all and thanks for reading.
– Supreme Soul
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