Once upon a time, hospitals were the good guys.
Outliers: Documentarians take a hard look at hospitals
They mended broken bones, took care of the injured without first asking about insurance cards, and occasionally performed medical miracles to renew our faith in healers.
Those days of hospitals portrayed as do-gooders, however, are gone—at least, if independent films are any barometer.
Outliers has noted a profusion of independent films about hospitals in recent years, and we set out to sample a few and see how the wind is blowing. And let us report: it's enough to make one want to convert to Christian Science.
Readers of this magazine will note some dissonance between the sunny institutions portrayed in their in-house hospital PR literature and the avarice, greed and careless medicine portrayed in these films. But whether that difference owes to a blindness to public perceptions within the hospitals, or to biases of the filmmakers, we'll let the viewers sort out that question on their own.
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