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‘InHospitable’ documentary follows the rising cost of healthcare at hospitals after mergers

InHospitable follows patients and activists as they band together to fight UPMC

When one hospital takes over another, less competition often leads to higher prices. Mergers usually happen when providers are financially strained. Hospitals and doctors have lost a lot of revenue because of COVID-19, as people stopped coming in for care or because of the cost of caring for more patients. That could lead to more hospital mergers.

WLRN spoke with Sandra Alvarez, the director and producer of a documentary called “InHospitable,” which focuses on a controversial hospital merger in Pittsburgh, Pa. The film follows patients and activists who unite against a multi-billion dollar nonprofit hospital system in that city.


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