View the healthcare system through the eyes of those stuck in an ER waiting room in Oakland.ï»¿
INDEPENDENT LENS: The Waiting Roomï»¿, airing Monday, October 21 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, interweaves several stories that unfold in surprising ways in the ER waiting room at Oakland, Californiaâ€™s Highland Hospital â€” a facility stretched to the breaking point. The film is an intimate rendering of the story of the health care system at a moment of great change, told through the eyes of people stuck â€” sometimes for up to 14 hours â€” in the waiting room. Itâ€™s a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us. By Peter Nicks.