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Whenever healthcare reform is discussed in the media, often the voices left out are the people actually affected by our broken system. The Waiting Room, an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Pete Nicks, aims to change that.  The film focuses on the stories of the staff and patients at a public hospital in Oakland, and also highlights the plight of the poor and uninsured.

The trailer for The Waiting Room is below. It recently screened at and won the Special Jury prize at the Silverdocs film festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. Nicks is currently raising money through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to support a national theatrical release of the film. His goal is $75,000, and so far, he has raised just over half that with 9 days to go until a deadline of July 29.

I am very much looking forward to seeing this film, and I hope millions of Californians and Americans can see it too.

Cross-posted at California OneCare blog.

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  •  I Don't Often Mention This. Painful! (5+ / 0-)

    I was blessed that most of my life I had like the best of the best healthcare. I mean literally the best money could buy. I was lucky, I literally never had to use it. I can't even imagine how much money I paid those firms and never used their services.

    Well after the thing I lost my job. I did COBRA for a time and then went and bought a plan via Fortis (later sued out of existence BTW). A few weeks after I did this, and they enrolled me and cashed my check, I got sick.

    And by sick I mean really sick. Like a 1 in 50 million kind of sick. I went from fine one day to the next being cut from ear to ear. In the ICU with a tube down my throat for a week.

    Bills of more than $40,000. Fortis refused to pay. I literally have an entire file cabinet of documents related to this. Destroyed my credit. Crushed me.

    The only good news outside of I got great medical care, is my parents have a lot of money and could write a single check to make all this hell end.

    Most folks don't have that option. I don't even like to ponder what my life would have become if I didn't have my parents.

    But what I always ponder is how many tens if not hundreds of thousands I've paid to these darn companies. Never used their services. Then when I needed them, well they were nowhere to be found!


    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 02:57:08 PM PDT

  •  Saw this one at the Full Frame Film Festival (1+ / 0-)
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    radical simplicity

    in Durham.  It was fantastic and eye-opening.  I have a good friend who did a residency rotation thru there years ago, and he says it hasn't changed much in the intervening years.  

    Definitely worth seeing if you have the chance.  

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

    by jo fish on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 08:17:48 PM PDT

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