October 1, 2022

“The Waiting Room”

The Waiting Room is a wrenching documentary made in 2010 about the crowded emergency room of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Unlike other depictions of the American healthcare system, this is detached and dispassionate. But what emerges is the impression that at least some parts of it are in crisis. Filmed over five months, it creates a composite picture of a single day in the hospital. This seems well worth watching!

The Waiting Room is a wrenching documentary made in 2010 about the crowded emergency room of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. (Click here to see the trailer.) Unlike other depictions of the American healthcare system, this is detached and dispassionate. But what emerges is the impression that at least some parts of it are in crisis. Filmed over five months, it creates a composite picture of a single day in the hospital. This seems well worth watching!

Michael Cook
Creative commons
films
public health
US