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

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John Oliver discusses the roles that gender and racial bias can play in medical treatment.
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Aug 19, 2019

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Plusmin cares
Plusmin cares 3 hours ago
Wanda Sykes = not funny
Aaron Janusch
Aaron Janusch 6 hours ago
It's so damn sad that kinda crap is STILL going on! Nice one, American't!
Caroline Howland
Caroline Howland 10 hours ago
John Oliver and his team always do a great job with their research. My one concern is the nursing textbook, which was referencing cultural (not racial) concerns over how people might communicate their pain. While race has nothing to do with pain scales, someone's cultural upbringing and experiences can very much change how they communicate to doctors. When I've seen these references in texts, they are attempting to tell healthcare professionals that a person's culture and / or religion will change their perception of pain and how they report it, perhaps giving a lower number when asked. Believing in stoicism or that pain must be endured will change how pain is reported.
Pete Bash
Pete Bash 10 hours ago
Perfectly reasonable to think that skin thickness may differ on average with different genetics... as does skin colour, hair, muscle composition, etc. Besides, the excerpts from these studies were not fairly represented by John - edited to help make his argument.
Capital L
Capital L 15 hours ago
WHATSLARRYSPROBLEM.COM exist for real
Mattlovesanime64
That sacred number BS was in my nursing textbook too.
Youtube University
Never study a "purer" form of X in order to understand X. Understandig X involves studying "impurities".
Gary Kelley
Gary Kelley Day ago
There's bias everywhere, sad it's in that profession as well. Even women can have bias against other women. When I was married my mother in law wouldn't listen to something my wife would say, I would repeat it almost exactly verbatim, and then she'd be like, "Oh..I see." In the medical field though way more serious, it makes me sad we're so backward.
00Geeky00 00Goggles00
16:30 Ohhhhh it's moments like this that make me remember that John is a father. Did anyone else see him tearing up? That hurts...
Melania Trump
Melania Trump 2 days ago
The reason for this bias is not patriarchy. Health pros are swimming in endless stream of hypochondriac females who go see them simply because they "like feel little icky" and they thereby learn to ignore women's health complaints. Men on the other hand generally do not visit doctors needlessly. Men ignore chronic pain for months thinking "its nothing serious", so when a man finally goes see a doctor, he most likely has a diagnosable condition.
HanadaMarie
HanadaMarie 2 days ago
This is too real. I hate going to the ER. Been for anaphylaxis and asthma attacks, which are diagnosed by doctors and I have prescribed medications for, and they told me I might have anxiety. They literally told me my throat closed up after eating something I was allergic to because I was having a panic attack. They still gave me steroids. A bit later I was having problems with asthma and I didn't respond well to my rescue inhaler (my heart would race and I would get jittery when regularly taking it), so my doctor told me on a Saturday to go in and get steroids. The ER doc said I was having a panic attack and that it wasn't asthma, they didn't give me steroids. I went into the doctor on Monday to them being furious at the said ER and I had to go through a whole treatment thing. They had to push my insurance to get me the more expensive inhaler that wouldn't make my heart race. To be honest, it fucked with my head so bad sometimes I still don't think I have asthma and wonder if I made up the allergies.
Aiwass L
Aiwass L 2 days ago
it is better to compare the statistics of deaths of black people with the statistics of deaths in Africa and not in countries of the 1st world. just saying. they are black after all.
Aiwass L
Aiwass L 2 days ago
retarded comedian. don't mess with medicine you got all wrong. dumb ass.
Andy T
Andy T 2 days ago
Advocate for yourself is the best advice ever. Doctors already THINK they know everything. If you don't understand what they are saying, MAKE them explain.
Flo morteforet
Flo morteforet 2 days ago
what about the bias in lastweektonight? my actual wife cries out lout laying on the floor for every minor injuries, she cries when she see a spider
Elaine Nguyen
Elaine Nguyen 3 days ago
the little bits at the end (ex. the one with larry here) are always so heavily referential that i wonder if the actors know what they're talking about when they record them lol. like does the production team give them a full segment script or something to read for context or...
Basil Odira
Basil Odira 3 days ago
Maybe Women are better off going to women Dr's just like Us black folks are more comfortable with black doctors. Problem is white men dominate
Knowledgeandbeauty
Why is this episode not posted on Facebook?
Brittany Lawless
Brittany Lawless 4 days ago
Also fat people deal with a whole lot of bias in medical treatment.
5Days
5Days 2 days ago
Brittany Lawless lose weight big brit
Diana Eidson
Diana Eidson 4 days ago
Fewer opioid prescriptions is actually beneficial, based on the likelihood of addiction and the clear over-prescription of these deadly meds.
Diana Eidson
Diana Eidson 4 days ago
I get that there’s sex, gender, and racial bias. Intertwined with each is bias based on socioeconomic status. What say you about this? We have to have money and good insurance to receive proper care. That is obscene.
2nd classCitizen
2nd classCitizen 4 days ago
Can't wait for the day when the World sees doctors for the innept peices of money hungry shit that most but not all of them are.
Raezores
Raezores 4 days ago
At this point I just realized that God doesn't exist just because the way we act to each other. Or he does he's just old man in bed at his last days you guys know what that means the niceness is gone.
Phoebe Denton
Phoebe Denton 4 days ago
I once went to the ER with cellulitis that was spreading rapidly, by the time I managed to get there, my entire right arm was affected. The doctor told me to go home and come back if I saw streaking down my arm. I said to him "but doesn't streaking mean I'd have blood poisoning?" and he said "yes, but we don't have any spare beds". Didn't even give me any antibiotics. As I walked out I saw a man with what looked like a sprained ankle (they were giving him a stretchy bandage, so not broken) being offered a bed. I went home, got blood poisoning, and almost died.
Aa Ba
Aa Ba 4 days ago
Awful propaganda
Donna Campbell
Donna Campbell 4 days ago
Pesky hormones? Testosterone makes most men unstable (it causes all kinds of violence, it causes them to take all kinds of risks)) but women have the pesky hormones. Yeah right.
Donna Campbell
@5Days They will never be more than equal.
5Days
5Days 2 days ago
Donna Campbell men>women you literally can't prove me wrong
Kevin Savage
Kevin Savage 4 days ago
Ummm. It's not about menstrual cycles. It's about the fear of teratogenic mutations.
spookydonkey513
spookydonkey513 5 days ago
Unfortunately a lot of systemic issues addressed on this show are near impossible to do anything about because at least 40% of Americans don’t give a fuck about you if you are female, a poc, gay or basically anything not white, male and straight (preferably wealthy too).
{Yasenia}
{Yasenia} 5 days ago
If you think that being a woman or black makes you least likely to get good medical help, which it does, just imagine being transgender. Or even worst, being intersex. As an intersex people I can tell you that when I tell doctors that ai am intersex and what possible congenital conditions I might had been born with (I said what possible because most intersex people are misdiagnosed more than once before they get a correct diagnose), I can see smoke coming out of their ears as their little brains overload. The ones that really get to me are the ones that try to act like their know what intersex really means (no it is not a new word for "hermaphrodite" - funny!) or understand the conditions and the many variations of them. Yet I can tell that 99% of doctors do not know their butthole from a hole on the ground when it comes to intersex conditions. My advice to people in general. When you go to see a doctor, arm yourself with the one thing they hate the most for their patients to have. That is knowledge. Learn all you can about your conditions and signs and symptoms. Don't take the word of a doctor as if it was the word of God himself. Of something does not make sense say so. But do not because a disrespectful pain in the ass. But an educated pain in the ass. Either way doctors hate that. They hate when you question them with facts and medical knowledge. You'd be surprise how they change the tune of their sings when they see you know are medically educated.
Jeffery C
Jeffery C 5 days ago
We are soooo dumb... Ffs.
Amy Leifeste
Amy Leifeste 5 days ago
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.
Vile Crocodile
Vile Crocodile 5 days ago
If this a joke? White males are dropping like flies.
cicalinarrot
cicalinarrot 5 days ago
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.
kucfogflesrouy hctib
DO MORE RESEARCH. DON'T WATCH For THE LEFTISTS LIES
kucfogflesrouy hctib
@Ayla Aron ABORTION, GUNS, WATCH THOSE THAN GO TO THE, CDC....U LAZY FUCK, IS THIS WHERE U NEWS?
Ayla Aron
Ayla Aron 5 days ago
Present your counter arguments.
Nicole
Nicole 6 days ago
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 RUvids. 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 RUvid.
Sun and D-970
Sun and D-970 6 days ago
Some Doctors are just a piece of work.
Ale Titan
Ale Titan 6 days ago
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
Rebecca Sikes
Rebecca Sikes 6 days ago
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.
Parker Hope
Parker Hope 6 days ago
Watch doctor mikes response video to this
Red Holley
Red Holley 6 days ago
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.
KomaKinoX z
KomaKinoX z 6 days ago
We need to add a double thumbs up option on videos
Beloved Woman
Beloved Woman 6 days ago
"I got Larry to record the white person's 7 word mating call - I'd like to speak to your supervisor." ROTFLMAO 🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣
Medical Legal
Medical Legal 6 days ago
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?
Lowland Raised
Lowland Raised 7 days ago
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.
Steve Bulbow MD
Steve Bulbow MD 7 days ago
Where the fück did these supposed "doctors" study "medicine"? In the back alley?
Jamie Howington
Jamie Howington 7 days ago
That comment about Black people having a thick skin, is what they believed during slavery.
YummyCarrot
YummyCarrot 4 days ago
But there are differences in biology between the average white and black male. I suggest you go and take the test yourself. It's quite difficult. John Oliver is making a moot point there. Blacks not having thicker skin isn't such an obvious question. How are you so sure they don't? Plus the actual question talked about collagen content in the skin. One of the question asks about black people having denser bones than white people. And that fact is true. So is that also so obvious?
Landcervelatwurst
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.
Montesama314
Montesama314 7 days ago
Hey, ever wondered why the opioid epidemic seems to largely affect whites more than anyone else? Hmm...
momo penguins
momo penguins 7 days ago
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
Justin Mochi
Justin Mochi 7 days ago
... 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.
Felix Loewenich
Felix Loewenich 7 days ago
Too white to talk about it? That's such a stupid idea
Karl Renner
Karl Renner 7 days ago
Donald Trump is the Billy Graham of bigots.
Hugh Manetti
Hugh Manetti 7 days ago
God knows I love John Oliver.
Madeleine Waters Media
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
XzTS
XzTS 8 days ago
22:16 Karen-mode
Zain Hakeem
Zain Hakeem 8 days ago
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.
badem
badem 8 days ago
what a load of crap!
Cheyenne Le Hale
Cheyenne Le Hale 8 days ago
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.
Mohammed AlModhayan
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 AlModhayan
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.
Marissa Enriquez
Marissa Enriquez 8 days ago
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
Jonathan Locke
Jonathan Locke 8 days ago
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/
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