The term "code black" is the phrase used by physicians to describe a full emergency room. They could safely use the term to describe the crowded "Code Black" premiere at the
The film depicts the 2008 class of interns entering
"We have to cover our ass for that, and that is a very serious and fearful motivator for us," said Ryan McGarry, the film's director and a medical intern at the hospital.
As doctors plow through paperwork, the emergency room waiting area is shown filling with people who can wait up to 18 hours before receiving care. The film depicts the medical team's frustration at the delays the system causes and takes a broader pass at the state of healthcare in America.
McGarry said the film is not intended to be political but more a primer for people forming opinions on healthcare funding and
"When it comes to healthcare, do we care about our neighbor?" McGarry asked his audience following the screening. "And that's a really polarizing question."
Edward Newton, a doctor from County-USC, and a Canadian, joked that all “civilized countries” offer universal healthcare. Newton said when preventative measures such as
The film closes on a shot of the old County-USC building. One of the placards on it calls it a “civic cathedral.” It appears as almost a plea from the doctors to return to an older, more humanitarian form of medical care.