INHOSPITABLE – Review by Liz Braun

InHospitable is an indictment of the U.S. health care system, specifically the mega-hospitals disguised as non-profit organizations. It should be said that it may have been a mistake to let a (full disclosure) Canadian review this film, because to those of us accustomed to a very different medical system, InHospitable plays more like a horror movie than a documentary. The film focusses on a David and Goliath battle that played out in Pennsylvania over the ruthlessness of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC), a behemoth that was prepared to cut off care for hundreds of thousands of people. Director Sandra C. Alvarez tells the tale of what’s at stake in in the UPMC debacle through the stories of individual medical patients, immediately getting a viewer emotionally engaged.

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