The Waiting Room

On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with Peter Nicks, maker of the new film, “The Waiting Room,” about a day in the life Oakland’s Highland Hospital.  Mitt Romney has said the ER will provide health care for those without insurance.  But what’s the reality of the public ER?  If you’ve spent time at Highland or any other public hospital, what was your experience?  Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here. It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guest:

Peter Nicks, producer and director of documentary film, The Waiting Room

One serious effect of the recession is many people’s inability to afford health care. And when people aren’t insured, they bring their medical problems to the only place required to take them: the public hospital emergency room.

In Oakland, that emergency room is at Highland Hospital. The documentary The Waiting Room takes us into the lobby and behind the scenes with the doctors, nurses, and patients who spend their hours there. KALW’s Holly Kernan spoke with director Pete Nicks.