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Filmmaker explores health care issues in “The Waiting Room” at Oakland’s Highland Hospital
The Mercury News

When Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks started working on “The Waiting Room,” his documentary about Oakland’s Highland Hospital, one fact stood out immediately: the overwhelming diversity of the human stories he encountered. One day, for instance, a renowned drummer from West Africa got sick and wound up in the hospital. Almost overnight, dozens of Africans living in Alameda County were at the man’s hospital bedside with instruments, singing, dancing and partying. Another day a man who had worked for Richard Nixon came in after suffering a stroke. Neither man had insurance.

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