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 am a 25 year old white woman who looks barely 18. I’ve been in knee pain for three months now while seeing an orthopedic specialist who has continually minimized my complaints of pain and that his treatments aren’t working and the pain is getting worse. I had to ASK him for an MRI after two cortisone shots caused excruciating pain and didn’t reduce the pain. I’ve also had issues getting him to sign off on my disability claims even as I’m LIMPING into his office. I left his office today weeping because he made me feel so small and like he didn’t believe me. It the most frustrating thing.

    Amy LeifesteAmy LeifesteSaatler önce
  • If this a joke? White males are dropping like flies.

    Vile CrocodileVile Crocodile4 saatler önce
  • At 7:21 John telling the runner to "Go home now" as if he was on first base is just as british as it gets.

    cicalinarrotcicalinarrot7 saatler önce
  • DO MORE RESEARCH. DON'T WATCH For THE LEFTISTS LIES

    kucfogflesrouy hctibkucfogflesrouy hctib9 saatler önce
    • Present your counter arguments.

      Ayla AronAyla Aron6 saatler önce
  • If anyone wants to learn more about the problem of racism and sexism in medicine, I recommend reading the book by Maya Dusenbery called, "Doing Harm, The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick." It looks like this is where John Oliver got much of the information. Another book on the topic of racism and sexism in medicine is called, "The Hidden Malpractice, How American Medicine Mistreats Women," by Gena Corea. This book dates back to the 1970s and the Women's Health Movement. The book explains how medical practice, itself, has been influenced and directed by the white male patriarchal beliefs since the doctors were first required to be accredited, and became "professionals" in the 1830s. The book is full of horror stories about women being mistreated by the healthcare system. It also discusses how black women have been treated particularly badly. The book mentions how white women were denied the right to be sterilized, even up to the 1970s. In contrast to black women, were sterilized against their will even up to the1970s. The book recounts a horror story of a black woman who in 1972, went to a hospital for an abortion. The doctors told her they would next do "a tubal ligation," figuring her to be too stupid to know this meant "tying her tubes." The book quotes her, saying, "I'm just glad I know- I mean, what if I had not heard the words before? They were slipping it right by. And I said, "Do you think I'm an idiot? My blood pressure just shot up And I said "No." I would have done anything to get out of there. They said, "You're in now. I got kind of scared. I worked at the university. I had never been on welfare." Discussion about these problems are finally happening. Still, it's hard to find material on the subject. Another book I recommend is "All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache," by Paula Kamen. Last, but not least, the old TV show, "The Golden Girls," did a two part episode on this subject, called, "Sick and Tired." The writers and actors in this show handled this subject excellently. Parts of that episode are here on TRvisions. Also, Samantha Bee did a piece on Full Frontal about this topic and how it relates to a disease called "endometriosis." That episode is called, "The History of Women's Pain," and it's here on TRvision.

    NicoleNicole12 saatler önce
  • Some Doctors are just a piece of work.

    Sun and D-970Sun and D-97014 saatler önce
  • 3:25 there's some news stories of women dying because Dr.'s thought they were "faking it" and didn't get the help they needed

    Ale TitanAle Titan19 saatler önce
  • He should also talk about mental status. I take medication for depression and anxiety so every time i go to the doctor, no matter what symptoms I say i have, they always try to pin it on my meds or my mental health. I went to the doctor a few months ago because of urgency and pain when urinating and they sent me home because "it's probably stress." ????? A few days later, I was peeing blood and my kidney was infected. FINALLY they let me have antibiotics. For a few years, my throat will randomly close up at night and I'll have shooting pains in my chest. The first time it happened I went to the emergency room and they said it was a panic attack. I told them it wasn't, I've had panic attacks that's not how they feel to me. Also, ummm, I wasn't panicking it just hurt. Every time I try to see a doctor about it they ALWAYS and without fail brush it off as something to do with my mental health. No doctor ever takes my complaints seriously.

    Rebecca SikesRebecca Sikes21 saatler önce
  • Watch doctor mikes response video to this

    Parker HopeParker Hope22 saatler önce
  • This reminds me when I was in the ER because I thought I tore something in my abdomen from untreated bulimia b/p cycles and he told me to try using a toothbrush (rather than my fingers because he did in fact ask) next time. A medical professional just told a bulimic 17yo (at the time) girl how to vomit better... Btw it was my gallbladder, even me describing the pain type and location he didn’t think to do an ultrasound.

    Red HolleyRed HolleyGün önce
  • We need to add a double thumbs up option on videos

    KomaKinoX zKomaKinoX zGün önce
  • "I got Larry to record the white person's 7 word mating call - I'd like to speak to your supervisor." ROTFLMAO 🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣

    Beloved WomanBeloved WomanGün önce
  • I once chatted with a doctor from the US. Im a medical student, and the way he talked, the sense of entitlement and arrogance put me off. The idea of being a humble doctor was inconceivable to him, the idea that doctor can be limited in his efforts to treat a patient was not entertained. To him, he was god to the patient, and when i asked him what happens if he loses a patient, he dismissed me by saying that will never happen because he is that good. How can you be a healthcare professional if you dont realize how fragile a human life can be?

    Medical LegalMedical LegalGün önce
  • Honestly my Dr hates us all equally. I came in having a massive asthma attack and he prescribed me a steroid pack and sent me out the door while still having the asthma attack. Luckily and quite ironically his office is attached to the hospital which I walked to and got admitted for 5 days before they, again ironically, asked why my dr did not admit me to the hospital to begin with given he is the Chief of Medicine at the hospital.

    Lowland RaisedLowland RaisedGün önce
  • Where the fück did these supposed "doctors" study "medicine"? In the back alley?

    Steve Bulbow MDSteve Bulbow MDGün önce
  • That comment about Black people having a thick skin, is what they believed during slavery.

    Jamie HowingtonJamie HowingtonGün önce
  • Every time i hear about education in america, even for doctors it seems, i am so happy to be european. I can't imagine having a medical professional not taking me seriously, if that happened to me, i would just leave and go to the next.

    LandcervelatwurstLandcervelatwurstGün önce
  • Hey, ever wondered why the opioid epidemic seems to largely affect whites more than anyone else? Hmm...

    Montesama314Montesama314Gün önce
    • 1) no I didnt 2) wait thats a good point 3) does it really (oof), I would research this but I assume you know a bit about it so you can explain and all I would have to do is fact check

      momo penguinsmomo penguinsGün önce
  • ... So the people who spend decades getting degrees at these liberal, socially progressive colleges like Harvard are racist/sexist? Ok I didn't like them anyway.

    Justin MochiJustin MochiGün önce
  • Too white to talk about it? That's such a stupid idea

    Felix LoewenichFelix Loewenich2 gün önce
  • Donald Trump is the Billy Graham of bigots.

    Karl RennerKarl Renner2 gün önce
  • God knows I love John Oliver.

    Hugh ManettiHugh Manetti2 gün önce
  • Amazing piece and I love Wanda so much. I’m surprised he didn’t mention Serena Williams blood clot story tho- that was some insane racial/ sexist bias

    Madeleine Waters MediaMadeleine Waters Media2 gün önce
  • 22:16 Karen-mode

    XzTSXzTS2 gün önce
  • Unfortunately, this is a fantastically naive consideration of this issue. It completely ignores the issues of Bayesian diagnostics, harms of over diagnosis, and the opiate epidemic. I love your show, Mr. Oliver, but I'd ask you to follow me on hospital rounds for a few days to learn the truth behind the so called medical "bias". This episode completely misses the actual issues and challenges.

    Zain HakeemZain Hakeem2 gün önce
  • what a load of crap!

    badembadem2 gün önce
  • Seriously, "Bring A White Man" is an effective way to get good medical care. If I go to the doctor or ER alone, the medical professionals don't listen, or worse, leave me in a room alone, for hours, to receive zero medical treatment prior to being sent home, but if I drag one of my white male friends along, to basically repeat everything I say, I receive actual medical care.

    Cheyenne Le HaleCheyenne Le Hale3 gün önce
  • There is bias, I don’t think it’s straight forward gender or racial bias thou. It’s income bias. Hear me out here. Whites are more likely to earn more income than blacks, therefore, they are more likely to be treated in better hospitals or by better doctors. Same goes with gender. Males are more likely to earn more income than females, therefore, they are more likely to receive better and more expensive medical treatments than females. To measure gender bias or racial bias here, you need to look into countries where income and medical treatment are not correlated. In other words, look into countries where medical services are free and equally distributed.

    Mohammed AlModhayanMohammed AlModhayan3 gün önce
    • Oh! And no. Wanda Sykes is not a representative here and can’t talk about bias medicine. She’s rich, and no doctor is going to mistreat Wanda.

      Mohammed AlModhayanMohammed AlModhayan3 gün önce
  • When we accept that sexist & racist institutions exist we collectively create that fiction in our lives and misconstrue the world around us. Sure there are racist people but this is victim hood mentality straight to the brain. These stories are personal anecdotes. The far and few chosen out of countless cases. These articles are hand picked. I’m just saying I used to believe all this stuff. Now if you research a little on the other side you see the motives of both parties. (dem & rep) Democrats talk about color and sex all the time. All these topics to distract and separate us. GOP talks about actual policies and reform - they’ve always stayed the same. Dems stick their finger to the twitter wind. And they’ve become socialist because of it. I’m sad to say he supports their agenda to the T This is what he gets paid to do. To get into your perception. It’s so easy with comedy man

    Marissa EnriquezMarissa Enriquez3 gün önce
  • Would love to see a patented Oliver Rant(tm) about Lyme disease showing both sides of the medical and research controversy, but emphasizing how little funding there is for resolving these controversies. Even as tick-borne illness and Lyme disease explode into a global pandemic, expanding into Canada where it is forecasted in Climate change-related research to become highly endemic in all areas east of the Mississippi River, PTLDS remains one of the worst and longest running controversies in the history of medicine, having raged for more than 30 years. We owe it to the cumulative 70K to 2M patients suffering from long term health problems related to Lyme disease infection to provide the funding to resolve this issue. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6480773/

    Jonathan LockeJonathan Locke3 gün önce
  • So John, Jesus was as white as it gets after all. And take this with a pinch of salt.

    HurriHurri3 gün önce
  • John, please do a segment on "stem cell" centers that are manipulating desperate patients into paying thousands of dollars for treatments that don't work and actually harm patients. www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/this-clinics-experimental-stem-cell-treatment-blinded-patients-four-years-later-the-government-is-still-trying-to-shut-it-down/2019/04/03/432d6d04-ff2f-11e8-83c0-b06139e540e5_story.html?noredirect=on I saw these patients personally while in residency at the University of Miami hospital. It is absolutely shameless what they do.

    Daniel ChoiDaniel Choi3 gün önce
    • www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-us-stem-cell-20180427-story.html

      Daniel ChoiDaniel Choi3 gün önce
  • I don't want to be "one of those people" who seems like i am attempting to dispute Wanda's points. But i have not had a white doctor since like the mid 90s. I think they've all been Indian, maybe Pakistani.

    El-ahrairahEl-ahrairah3 gün önce
  • This is so stupid because women are proven to tolerate pain better, so you'd think that if they're complaining about something it would be taken seriously

    plantgirl69plantgirl693 gün önce
  • I believe everything. But you realize the transgender community contradicts a lot of this.

    Anonymous BarosAnonymous Baros4 gün önce
  • Doctors are mostly indian or asian.. they talk about white man is the doctor? a doctor is someone who goes to school and works hard to become a doctor regardless of the color of their skin. This is show is seriously full of bullshit.

    Angry ArmenianAngry Armenian4 gün önce
  • what is he talking about? women get treated better for pain.

    Angry ArmenianAngry Armenian4 gün önce
  • Wait a Minute John,what about: that many Americans have no medicare. I thing many People who need a Doctor but dont have whould give a fuck of race/gender bias🙊 Because first Problem is to have a Doctor or medicine. The Secound is: Pay the fucking Medicare a abort for woman or not🤗 So the Problem begins in America really early before crisis core for gender or race is open. Best regrads and good Show again.

    Ar ZielAr Ziel4 gün önce
  • Couple weeks ago , i went to see my doctor for a strain on my right shoulder. Silly me, i thought i was going to get X-rays or MRI or an muscle relaxer Rx....Ha! I was sent home with naproxen 500mg which did nothing at all.

    MatildeMatilde4 gün önce
  • OMG, I just love every time he rips business daddy, but this was especially amazing.

    phyzzxphyzzx5 gün önce
  • You must be a doctor...because you just saw the extent of my patience

    Logan Not the one from MarvelLogan Not the one from Marvel5 gün önce
  • I’m a disabled woman. After a surgery, I was pretty sure I was developing pneumonia, likely from intubation because my immune system sucks. It is a big concern after the type of surgery that I had. I had to go to the ER *3 times* before they’d do imaging on my chest, and I only got it because my dismissive male surgeon wasn’t there and I instead had a female ER doctor. Shocker, I had awful pneumonia, severe enough that I had to get IV antibiotics! They were seriously concerned for my safety. And the doctor told me that my surgeon or his nurses should have given me a spirometer (lung exerciser) to prevent the development of pneumonia, but they never even mentioned it, even after I came to the ER complaining of lung issues! Now, my husband comes to most of my appointments and I am always taken more seriously.

    K JK J5 gün önce
  • dear Mr. Oliver. Please just stop with the fear mongering and lies. You're worse than Glen Beck

    Thomas KornThomas Korn5 gün önce
  • Don't forget money bias. My $poor$ aunt was left in the hospital bleeding into a coma in the brain to death. Then hospital got the audacity to ask for her organs. My classmate got rupture vein in the head and she got a helicopter ride to a hospital with a surgeon waiting to save her, which he did.

    PointingOutObviousPointingOutObvious5 gün önce
  • "Pesky hormones" like testosterone! Oh, wait...

    T ZBT ZB5 gün önce
  • This is racist... not all black people are poor, and not all white people are rich...

    Terry FuldsTerry Fulds5 gün önce
  • White people keep telling black people. Nothing is wrong, we didn't do anything, we aren't doing anything to you. Black people keep telling the world. These white fucks won't leave me alone. The world keeps telling black people we are your enemy and we are trying to get rid of you. ..........Do you blame the some black people for the mindset they may have? Being Bi-racial. I really do see both sides of the fence.

    Leonard MLeonard M5 gün önce
  • Only the experienced doctors in the ER will order a full cardiac workup for women, as what he said is true. Their symptoms can be very subtle compared to men’s symptoms

    chanchan524chanchan5246 gün önce
  • "...I'll bet you clap on the One and Three..." Brilliant!

    Tim BeatonTim Beaton6 gün önce
  • I am a doctor, and I agree with most of the things he says...... bias is real in most of the parts of u.s and serious steps should be taken to deal with that. However, it is true about people from different races having different biology.... it's not me saying that, its years and years of research and it is very important for a doctor to know these differences to give a better treatment.... but, I dnt think blacks have thick skin or bad nerve endings, that's just bad research.....

    sai chandsai chand6 gün önce
  • "Get more non white doctors" are you kidding me?

    frank tartanfrank tartan6 gün önce
  • I only regret that I have but one like to give for my country! Wanda, thank you.

    Jon SmithJon Smith6 gün önce
  • My sister died because of this. She went to the doctor because she wasn’t feeling well - dizzy, tired, body aches and the doctor told her she was probably coming down with a cold or the flu and gave her a prescription for antibiotics. Less than 24 hours later she was dead. She was having a heart attack. The doctor did No tests. No cultures. No other inquiries. Gave her a prescription and sent her on her way.

    HerculeseFurballHerculeseFurball6 gün önce
  • That poor husband. What a horrible thing to have to think about and question

    t Timet Time6 gün önce
  • And if you are fat. Basically unless you're a cis heterosexual white man.

    Cassandra BrookoverCassandra Brookover6 gün önce
  • Is it even slightly possible that the people that get the most dranatic over the littlest shit are less likely to be believed when dramatic over something actually serious? For devil's advocate's sake, work it from both ends - don't just keep thinking the other side than you are on in any scenario is 100% of the problem.

    putsome basilonitputsome basilonit6 gün önce
  • So you’re saying men and women are different? Be careful, you’ll stray into proving some of the alphabet people wrong. You’ll have to study those differences and emerge with facts. You can’t go around spewing scientifically proven facts nowadays, people will get offfended.

    WillJM81280WillJM812806 gün önce
  • I’m a white man. I spent 5 years pleading with doctors about pain and numbness only to be told I was fine. The reality was that I had MS and it was slowly destroying my brain and spine. Some doctors just suck.

    icarusfxicarusfx6 gün önce
  • also there is an over weight bias. No matter what I go to the doctor for they blame my weight. I am just told to lose weight and that will fix everything.

    Matt The Pharaoh WizardMatt The Pharaoh Wizard7 gün önce
    • Then stop complainin n lose weight you fatty 😑😐🤷

      MetaphysicsMetaphysics3 gün önce
    • It's not bias; its fact. you are fat, lazy and retarded. Listen to your doctor.

      Thomas KornThomas Korn5 gün önce
  • I was thinking about this last month when I broke my foot. I went to the doctor, and they asked me how bad the pain was. It was swollen and looked painful, but it really didn't hurt that much, so I said a 3. They wouldn't believe me. They thought I was just trying to tough it out and insisted on giving me pain meds even though I didn't need them. Meanwhile, my mom fell down some stairs, tore something in her shoulder, and had to have surgery. When she said the pain meds weren't working and that she needed something stronger, the doctor treated her like a drug addict and wouldn't prescribe anything else even though she had no history of pain prescriptions.

    Alex WymoreAlex Wymore7 gün önce
  • You could also talk about bias against people with chronic illnesses, mental illnesses, disabilities or who are "simply" overweight... the list is way too long

    FragDieAlexFragDieAlex7 gün önce
  • So this episode, titled Medicine is about racism and chauvinism. Out of ideas and topics?

    GregoriusMagnusGregoriusMagnus7 gün önce
    • Mr Oliver started out with no ideas...and has been stuck ever since

      Thomas KornThomas Korn5 gün önce
  • I wasn't assigned my penis John.

    Brian HensleyBrian Hensley7 gün önce
  • A note on female-bodied heart attack symptoms, since I had one less than a month ago. First, It may feel like gas/acid reflux. Mine came because of diabetes (and because I couldn't afford the meds at the time), and so at first it felt like i was having a high blood sugar episode... which I was, but some of the symptoms overlap. So if you have the ol 'beetus or gastro issues, keep an eye out for other concerning symptoms. Next I had major TMJ, aka jaw pain and tightness. Thinking I just had some nasty internal fussery and jaw flareups, I figured that a restroom trip might help at least one of the problems. Not really, and the next major clue was the feeling of my upper arms being squeezed like I had two very upset pythons wrapped around them. At then I called the emt's juuust to be safe. The emt didn't notice a bad reading, but he also had known women that were showing little outward signs of pain (because they were used to dealing with pain), but were having cardiac issues, so he figured a trip in would also be the best. "probably nothing, but better safe than sorry, it's probably an anxiety attack though. Don't worry, we'll take care of you". That guy? Amazing. Hats off you and your team. Anyway YEP it sure was a heart attack, but there's the thing, heart attacks don't come in one size. You got your major "kill you right-a-fucking-way" heart attacks, and one of the other types you can have is a smaller artery trying to collapse on you, which is what I had. I was lucky, I knew that female-bodied individuals were different with heart attacks, and my case was minor enough that my screwing around and not calling the emt wasn't a fatal delay. I'm also lucky that I had doctors who listened and treated my 36-year old ass having these symptoms as a red flag, instead of something to dismiss. Either way, learn something from me: if you have any of those hot mess of symptoms, get up to a doctor and make sure it's nothing. if they refuse to check your blood for those elevated troponins, push hard for it. Be that annoying asshole that won't let up. Either they do the test and one of you'll be right, or they'll have to explain what they feel the problem is (in detail), or in the time it takes to argue, your symptoms will become bad enough that they'll have to take care of them. One note though, be firm, but polite. Being an asshole just gives them a mental excuse to dehumanize you more. being polite but resolute in your actions is key. Let them know that you value them as a professional, but that you have a concern about doctors being dismissive about the symptoms of marginalized groups. Mention the studies where doctors admitted that they treated overweight patients worse than patients with a standard BMI, or the other studies that show this unfortunate trend. Be sympathetic and say that you don't expect the doctor to fall into that problem, but it is a concern that you'd like put to rest. Either way? Thank them for listening, or thank them for addressing your concerns. And if they STILL won't treat your ass, politely ask for a copy of your chart and don't leave without it. Medical staff tend to put down friggin' everything in a case, just in case that matter needs to be reviewed, and it gives you (or next of kin, if they were wrong) answers about the choice they made.

    basilmemoriesbasilmemories7 gün önce
  • I love this guy he is so Woke ! Like I always watch his videos 😌🙌🏼 I learn a lot !!

    G S.FG S.F7 gün önce
  • Hack, doctors don't care about vaginas or color. They care about money. Oliver is lamer every show!

    Derek SchnellDerek Schnell7 gün önce
    • They’re talking about subconscious bias. Doctors aren’t slighting their patients on purpose...

      GHOSTbirdnatureLOVERGHOSTbirdnatureLOVERGün önce
  • dear mr. oliver. you made me watch the real housewives of nyc. it sucked. i hope youre happy.

    luka leskovecluka leskovec7 gün önce
  • I LOVE Wanda fucking Sykes!!

    Adrian LopezAdrian Lopez7 gün önce
  • Ha, there are people out there who think white males get better care...bahahahahahaha!

    Jared BrandtJared Brandt7 gün önce
  • Notice he said "sex AND gender bias". God bless you, John.

    Jack LandisJack Landis7 gün önce
    • @Thomas Korn You do know sex and gender are different, right?

      Montesama314Montesama314Gün önce
    • wow.. I knew Oliver was mostlyi retarded..but that's full retard right there.

      Thomas KornThomas Korn5 gün önce
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