CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 102 minutes


What happens when your city’s largest nonprofit health provider becomes a monopoly? When the multi-billion-dollar nonprofit hospital system University of Pittsburgh Medical Center decided they would no longer accept Highmark Insurance after June 2019, Pittsburgh patients faced a lose-lose decision: switch to debt-inducing health care plans or give up their beloved doctors. The two entities—both monopolies of their respective industries in western Pennsylvania—gave residents few options and a ticking timeline to overturn the impending breakup. INHOSPITABLE follows the stories of a number of UPMC cancer patients and underserved community members who face life-or-death consequences in the wake of the hospital’s controversial decision. With the help of patient advocates and state legislators, these determined individuals demand nonprofit hospitals, including UPMC, accept all insurance plans or relinquish their nonprofit status—and the enormous tax exemptions the charitable label affords them. Health care economists weigh in on the much larger issue of hospitals prioritizing their growing pockets over patient care, making this film a riveting story for any city. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Allen Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Friday, April 01, 2022 at 11:45 AM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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