Bias In Medicine: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses the roles that gender and racial bias can play in medical treatment.
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  • I'm a woman living in the UK and thankfully my experience with doctors has been pretty good (though I am white). I've been getting regular treatment for my congenital heart disease, I had a accident where my hand got pretty messed up, and I've recently started to receive therapy, and I can't think of any major issues (except for some uncalled for comments). However, I still get mad when I remember that my friend (also a white girl) who has been suffering from severe mental health issues for years and has gone to her GP several times still hasn't got any help. In fact, on one visit the male doctor said that her depression symptoms were probably just because of her period, which doesn't make any sense because it's not like she's been having her period for literal years? If she was I'm sure she'd bring that up. It's just so frustrating to know she's continuing to suffer for no reason

    kloklo 03kloklo 03Gün önce
  • Or the fact that women goes to the doctor far more often than men... but lets not mention that.

    X YZ-TX YZ-TGün önce
  • He said "lupus" and because I'm learning latin, I heard "wolf disease"

    Spegnag MagloriousSpegnag Maglorious2 gün önce
  • Given the treatment black ppl have endured globally over the past half a millennia it’s pretty reasonable that we‘ve arrived at the sentiment that suffering and pain are inevitable. It’s a survival mechanism that a lot of our cultures have developed to coup with and even overcome grief and depression. I can’t speak for all black ppl but I think 11:20 is pretty accurate for my family.

    The Architect FXThe Architect FX2 gün önce
  • When I was 18, my gallbladder almost RUPTURED, but my doctors tried to admit me to the PSYCH UNIT because they thought I was attention-seeking, med-seeking, and emotionally unstable due to my history of anxiety and depression. I switched hospitals, and I got it removed the next day, and my doctor told me it could have ruptured at any time

    Nikki MNikki M2 gün önce
  • They know everything is ok because they have professional quack doctors ensuring them it is just my self fulfilling prophecy on standby in their designated safe places.

    Justin MooreJustin Moore3 gün önce
  • For once, USA, you're definitely not on your own when it comes to healthcare. Women everywhere have to put up with this. Even from female doctors! Not often do I cry watching John Oliver, but that poor guy who lost his wife... I had already teared up and hearing John's voice catch (believe me, that was the sound of an Englishman about to lose it. I know, I'm married to one), set me off. I just felt so sorry, so angry and so disappointed in the medical staff at the same time. I wish I could give him a hug. Wouldn't change anything, but maybe he'd know that other people give a fuck.

    Mandy BMandy B4 gün önce
  • I can't find any traces on internet of the 90s study were all the subjects were males (5m27s) . Can anyone please help me ?

    Ghassen RguiguiGhassen Rguigui5 gün önce
  • I as a white male apologize for all the dip-shit withe doctors in the world

    Norville RogersNorville Rogers7 gün önce
  • I'm a white guy with degenerative disc disease and they won't give me pain medicine I've been on pain medicine since 1997 diagnosed with this problem in 2006 & I waz on pain meds till I had to move back to the east coast! I had 1 pain Dr tell me that unless I have cancer he ain't givin me pain medicine! I had one doctor telling me that everybody gets degenerative disc disease I waz diagnosed with this in 2006 I waz only 31yrs old!

    DaveyTheDJDaveyTheDJ7 gün önce
  • I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and depression, both of which went undiagnosed and therefore untreated for seven years- I began exhibiting symptoms when I was twelve, I didn't receive diagnosis and treatment until I was nineteen- because all the symptoms I was showing were dismissed as me being a hysterical teenage girl or me being excessively emotional because my hormones were going crazy due to my going through puberty. I had to basically metaphorically scream "It's not normal to feel this way" before I was taken seriously and actually allowed to talk to a doctor about what I was going through

    AriAri9 gün önce
  • There's a reason why you always hear stupid ppl complain about their free-dumbs being taken away. They want to continue to be free to be dumb AF. Case & Point - 'Bias Training' ...? Is that anything like 'police sensitivity training'???

    RJ 00RJ 0010 gün önce
  • Great informative video, and Leo from the West Wing, I was surprised to see in there.

  • Love AT&T here-

    Richard RomaRichard Roma11 gün önce
  • Rest in Power Kira! You are not forgotten

    Alycia BaconAlycia Bacon11 gün önce
  • Anyone else see the irony in saying "stereotyping and bias against black people is bad!" and turn around and use a bunch of stereotypes and bias against white folks asking for a sup? lol.

    TuffsmoyglesTuffsmoygles12 gün önce
  • if anyone needs me to go to the doctor with them let me know. I'll be happy to repeat everything you said. I'm already the designated "White Guy Who Talks To Police At The Party" so I'm used to it.

    TuffsmoyglesTuffsmoygles12 gün önce
  • This also happens in Australia my mother was sent home to breathe in some linament in boiling water for her "breathing problems", 12 hours later she died in the IC. Double pneumonia!

    Hayden DayHayden Day12 gün önce
  • Not to be a dick or anyting. Black women are notorious for overreacting or coming off with an attitude. But if a white man comes off with an attitude, or acting obnoxious to the doctor, he will be ignored also. But white men are not notorious for acting that way in a doctor's office.

    Joe BlowJoe Blow12 gün önce
    • Fact. Not racism or a opinion

      Joe BlowJoe Blow12 gün önce
  • one time doctor asked if i was doing meth because i had eczema rash.

    hayley johayley jo14 gün önce
  • When I was 14 I had a condition that meant my mental health problems presented as physical heath problems. I couldn't walk or use my writing arm. The first person to correctly diagnose me was a neurologist who explained the condition, told my parents to leave it alone for a month and the 'girl's her age do this sometimes'. My parents knew this was bullshit but we followed his advice anyway just so we couldn't be accused of not trying. Not surprisingly for a very depressed and anxious teen being isolated: I got worse. The fact that my age and gender played a part in that treatment was basically outright stated.

    Zanthia BlueZanthia Blue15 gün önce
  • John, I love you, but why does your "crying baby" sound like a duck?

    dsbs42dsbs4215 gün önce
  • Because gender differences are absent in the inducibility of estradiol C-2 metab- olism in humans (1,14), we studied male subjects to eliminate the possible influence of fluctuating hormone levels. From the estrogen dependent cancer study. Oliver is FULL of shit.

    Jabir Bin HayyanJabir Bin Hayyan16 gün önce
  • Nonsense. I might as well say medicine treated men as guinea pigs with no ethic boards and conducted drug trials on non-suspecting men and spared women the experiments. I might as well point out that women in ER do not get as much pain medicines because maybe they are not able to communicate to the doctor about the severity of their pain. I can go on and on. Keep fucking feminism out of medicine.

    Jabir Bin HayyanJabir Bin Hayyan16 gün önce
  • I love how the audience flipped shit when he dissed AT&T

    Amanda JensenAmanda Jensen17 gün önce
  • At times John Oliver reminds me of Mike Myers

    Internet SummonerInternet Summoner17 gün önce
  • And let's please not forget the atrocities committed towards lgbt+ people in the medical world. Its literally just as bad hahahaha fuck this country.

    Selene EldritchSelene Eldritch17 gün önce
  • "big hard still man"? How did you know my nickname in bed?

    Marc WhineryMarc Whinery18 gün önce
  • They didn't take me seriously when I was blacking out, paralysed with monthly pains until it happened on Campus one day and they had to call an ambulance. They would say that pain is pain and I just gotta deal with it, meanwhile I would walk home half unconscious trying to hold on long enough to get to a safe place. My high school nurse back in the day told me she was concerned and my mum tried to get my dad and doctors to take me seriously but no. Not until I've finally been unable to protect myself from becoming helpless in a public setting so those around me had to call an ambulance did I finally get help. Now they've finally sent in a reference to a specialist but I'm still waiting and it's been months... I take Levlen that stops my cycles altogether now and fear the day I might forget to take my pills or have to take a break from them...

    Amora Neke LukisanAmora Neke Lukisan18 gün önce
  • "Thicker skin," "faster coagulation," "less sensitivity to pain," That sounds a lot like "black people are better able to handle slave whipping than white people," kind of ad-hoc justification to me. Wonder if that's where that kind of thinking came from, from justifying the slavery of black people, that they can "better handle discipline," than whites.

    DescanDescan18 gün önce
  • I really appreciate this episode, but.... even when talking about the physical realities of the sex based oppression women are subjected it, we still have to promote an ideology that argues that women are just a feeling in a male's head, and that sex is "assigned" arbitrarily by a doctor. "Assigned male at birth" is a phrase that only makes sense when it refers to people with an intersex condition, which has nothing to do with "gender identity".

    Totally NamelessTotally Nameless18 gün önce
  • You are not assign a gender at birth. Your gender is identified at birth. If you want to change it later as an adult fine.

    lethalsilverdragonlethalsilverdragon20 gün önce
  • Fucking died at “I bet you clap at the one and the three, don’t you?” The best white joke I have heard to date.

    Maduvathi VenkatesanMaduvathi Venkatesan20 gün önce
  • A friend's 22 year old daughter was on the track field when she had a stroke. Doctors assumed she was drunk because she was a college student. Sent her home. Family drove her back, went to the ER. Finally got the help she needed. Doctors are the last people on earth who should be making assumptions. It's terrifying to realize that the individuals who hold your life in their hands can assess you without knowing you.

    Tsianina VibranietsovaTsianina Vibranietsova20 gün önce
  • When will something be done about this and other unfair practices in this country? As a now single female, I have been subjected to many injustices and have found there is nowhere to turn for help, at least not where I live (since most of the drs, attys, judges, people with power/money, etc, who reside in this area are friends and/or socialize with one another.) I am a 61 year old disabled/retired grandmother who was on my deathbed after what i was told would be 'a simple outpatient procedure'. I later found out that the local hospital and surgeon released me with septic shock and double pneumonia. After being released, I called the surgeon for 3 days and getting no return call, I drove myself back to the ER. After 2 days lying in a hospital bed, i turned yellow and was unable to breathe. I 'awoke' 5 days later attached to life support, totally unaware what happened to me before and after i blacked out. During those 5 unconcious days in the ICU, drs had informed my family, who came to say goodbye, thinking maybe i cld hear them, that I probably would not survive. Somehow, I did. 12 more days in hosp, released with same problem, on CIPRO for 6 months awaiting surgery (this time by a wonderful surgeon 60 miles from where i live who corrected the orig problem.) However, now almost every organ is showing signs of damage, most recently my heart. I am fearful I am going to die way too soon because, even though i have proof ...medical records from the hospital and orig surgeon (some altered to cover their errors), i cannot find a dr who will review the records in their entirety, or, it seems, is willing to listen to me. (The drs with whom i had a lifelong relationship with, and who know i have good morals and character, have retired.) I cannot move at this time for many reasons, most importantly my grandchildren whom I love dearly and cannot leave. ) Also, I am too ill and tired to keep fighting against the health care system. Due to my disabilities, i have limited finances and taking a bus to NYC would be too taxing as it is difficult for me to accomplish tasks that should be easy. Needless to say, my quality of life is very poor. If I were a white man or if I had a white man by my side, i am certain none of this would have occurred or would continue to happen. I have always been a problem solver, but I have no idea how to fix this one.

    Justice ForALLJustice ForALL21 gün önce
  • Female doctors have better patient outcomes than male doctors.

    anders daminanders damin22 gün önce
  • maybe don't give anyone oppioids if not for seriously reasons. the US gives oppioids for skin sutures after falling from a bike.

    Rafaella GuelfandRafaella Guelfand23 gün önce
  • What does the Native American sacred number scale look like?

    Nicholas PleskoNicholas Plesko24 gün önce
  • Once when I was close to giving birth to my first son a male doctor and a female nurse said that I was just faking the horrible pain I was feeling just because “I didn’t wanted to be pregnant anymore”. I was 20 years old, no experience at all with doctors and i was by my self because i went straight to emergency room with sharp pain 5 weeks earlier for the date that my son was supposed to be born. They sent me home treating me like I was a liar, I felt horrible I honestly wanted to die, also they were saying all of that in English thinking that i couldn’t understand them, so not only were they biased and horrible also they were ducking racist

    Pamela SolorioPamela Solorio24 gün önce
  • What the absolute *frick* is this comment section. I live in Canada so I don’t get discriminated by income, I’m a female with Aboriginal heritage (which is where the prejudices are in Canada) and I _still_ have never, nor have ever known anyone to have been treated _so badly_ . I’m glad I live here, I guess.

    Nakita LanderNakita Lander24 gün önce
  • Is this jus US or other countries as well?

    infirmuxinfirmux25 gün önce
  • I would really like having Business Baby going wha wha wha as my ringtone. Can some one clean it up and get back to me please ? :)

    Alik KlempnerAlik Klempner25 gün önce
  • I thought gender was a social construct.

    Saiper1990Saiper199025 gün önce
  • Plot twist, look up the actual article referenced around 5 minutes. John Oliver and his writers are* inferential masters. #journalismisdying

    WARDified GgWARDified Gg25 gün önce
  • the proliferation of pill shoppers and addicts faking symptoms isn't helping any

    shrews12001shrews1200125 gün önce
  • I would dare say that more than a handful of people in my med school don't believe those outrageous "facts" about African American/Black patients.

    C EngC Eng26 gün önce
  • wait, so pigmentation is not biological? So is it considdered an obtical elusion? Could also be that it shows you which charkater you haven't unlocked as a friend yet... maybe that was the reason we incisted on invited them over to just safe time with a meetup! :o And with everyone getting along so well, it was only natural for everyone to start coexisting in the unique way every child is thought in these days.. simple perfection * _ * EDIT: wait wut gender is impacting your chances in childbirth? D: ok now that is just wrong! If my wife bleeds out on the operation table than it is considdered a "tragedy" but if i get distracted by a nurses backside, causeing me to run into a window, falling to my untimely grave than "I had if commin" PFFF! We need to overcome these differences! I want to live in a world where I too can try and fail at bithing me stepdad's offspring, while my wife succums to the Man-Flue on top of her sectretary!

    TheCriticTheCritic26 gün önce
  • 3:46 Waluigi is alive and a British man.

    CrepesCrepes27 gün önce
  • There are 14k triggered white men

    Eterna PhoenixEterna Phoenix28 gün önce
  • I live in Canada and I can tell you that this is so accurate for minorities in Canada as well. For example, my pneumonia was misdiagnosed for nearly three months by my family doctor, who told me my lungs were clear when they definitely weren't. Several times, I was told "honey, you don't get frequent flyer points by coming here".

    LL28 gün önce
  • Fun fact; back in the olden timey days "hysteria" was strictly a female affliction. Better yet it was often attributed (and this is true) to "wandering womb" among other nonsensical things. Even crazier is that for a very long time the actual prescribed treatment was basically medically induced orgasm. In other words, bitches was losing their shit cause men didn't know what the fuck we were doing, so they had to get the doctor to help, I guess...... More fun facts; the first vibrator was actually designed because of this. Doctors got tired of having to "manually" induce orgasm, so somebody came up with a handy dandy mechanical alternative. What's more; the plug-in at-home vibrator predates the electric iron AND vacuum cleaner by at least an entire decade. Side note: That lady with lupus was probably only mistreated because of Dr.House, as according to him it's NEVER lupus, so obviously she must be lying yea?

    Lord MegatronLord Megatron28 gün önce
  • one of the doctors in my village told my moms friend that pms was invented years ago so men wouldn’t be attracted to women during there periods. like how sexist can you be? this is also makes it harder for women like my mom and her friend to be diagnosed with conditions like pmdd (search it up).

    AnyankaAnyanka29 gün önce
  • Okay, so the "fact" that there is no differences between white and black people other than the skin color is just wrong. I agree that it would be nice for the sake of argument but its wrong. There are differences among countries just within the European continent, so of course there are differences when comparing races. Even when comparing tolerances towards pain, it is observed to have a strong correlation with hair color but also gender. I am not arguing that we should go out of our way to treat people differently. I am merely saying that this weird game where we pretend that the sexes and races are all the same needs to stop. Its retarded.

    PerfektumPerfektumAylar önce
    • Where has that been observed?

      ThatGuyYouKnowThatGuyYouKnow29 gün önce
  • Can you do one without mentioning/blaming the president's lazy and u come across obsessed!


    Maloy7800Maloy7800Aylar önce
  • What a horrible country. :-((

    Maloy7800Maloy7800Aylar önce
  • 😂😂😂

    terms2privacy3safetyterms2privacy3safetyAylar önce
  • Im 100% white and fuck you it's about insurance not race gender was given ibuprofen for a triple root canal

    wes wellswes wellsAylar önce
  • Yeah my nursing textbook wasn’t much better

    Kate WalkerKate WalkerAylar önce
  • That last line was superb and hopefully super effective! Hopefully it works the next time I consult alone with a doctor. Also, I've kept in mind to ask someone to accommodate me whenever I consult so that I'd have a witness.

    Xine DXine DAylar önce
  • Never realized how many others were going through this. Haven’t been to the doctor in 5 years because when I last went to renew a prescription for medicine the entire nurse and doctor staff had a conversation within my earshot of how I was probably just trying to sell them and then he came in and refused me told me to try another doctor.

    Chad BeezyChad BeezyAylar önce
  • Medical Fact Checking John Oliver

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  • Oh....they had Leo...almost cried there

    Daniel GalganoDaniel GalganoAylar önce
  • I'm a psychiatrist, but holy shit that ER doc who sent the woman home is total garbage. Everyone who's gone to medical school should know the atypical MI symptoms in woman, especially a fucking ER doctor. That's literally the job of an ER doctor.

    PG 89PG 89Aylar önce
  • From both the video and the comment section it has been made clear to me that I don't want to experience American healthcare if I fit into one of the following categories: >Person of colour >Female person >Young person >Old person Which brings me to ask: who isn't screwed over by the healthcare system over there?

    Joyful SorrowJoyful SorrowAylar önce
  • Of course the episode talking about sexism has more downvotes than usual.

    Doctor Thaddeus Bodog SivanaDoctor Thaddeus Bodog SivanaAylar önce
  • i'm from the uk and this is almost exactly my experience, my tumour went undiagnosed for 4 years, i was in agony, i was weak, throwing up and even suicidal at one point and all i got from my doctor was stop moaning, take some painkillers, i only got tested and treated when i moved back to home and was made to see a new doctor i'm now a paraplegic, all because my doctor thought he could diagnose cancer with x-ray vision :( doctors do a great job but some are so far up their own arses they don't take their patients seriously, we know our own bodies and we know when something isn't right

    lorraine bennettlorraine bennettAylar önce
  • Are ALL doctors from Maryland? Dr Wilson, MD. Heheheheh!

    MatchstalkManMatchstalkManAylar önce
  • Am I the only one who noticed that when the black woman reported her experiences explaining her pain to doctors, and being told she was making it up, the white woman interviewing her again questioned her incredulously!? Yes, beeotch, she just told you, and if you did your homework you'd know there's a pattern of doctors minimizing the reported pain of black women. I'm a white woman and I know this. Please don't question this woman's recounting of her own lived experiences.

    Kwisten050Kwisten050Aylar önce
Bias In Medicine: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)