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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philip lagerwall
philip lagerwall 8 horas atrás
Great education indeed. If i ever travel across the pond and get injured i pray to whatever nondescript entity that i get an european educated doctor.
Ganieda Morgan
Ganieda Morgan 14 horas atrás
traditionally, for thousands of years, it was "wise women" who practised midwifery, curing ills etc. Men saw this as a "power" and took medicine away from women...and that's where the problems started.
Ganieda Morgan
Ganieda Morgan 14 horas atrás
bias against seniors..." you're not getting any younger" seriously? That's what's wrong? That attitude pisses me off big time!
Daniel O
Daniel O 17 horas atrás
how didnt he go with "its wandaful that you are here" when wanda came
GodspeedHero 22 horas atrás
The Opioid Crisis is happening in WHITE NEIGHBORHOODS, but for some reason the Black patients aren't prescribed pain medication as much due to concerns of "drug addiction". THE FUCKING IRONY of that level of racism is baffling.
Carolyn Hyppolite
Black people note that 14k people disliked this video.
Ninnjette 2 dias atrás
Liberal hack
Sollus Markis
Sollus Markis 3 dias atrás
John Oliver did an excellent job with this story, both in the sense of explaining the problem and advocating for the people affected by it, but then Wanda comes in and tells him he's not allowed to talk about it and makes fun of him for his race by using racial stereotypes. I'm just so confused why white men have to be either idiots or the villains when it comes to social change. Bernie Sanders was arrested protesting for African-American rights back in the 60s. Imagine if he got told he wasn't even allowed to participate because he "didn't understand". I just don't understand why people don't understand the existence of empathy anymore. If someone is advocating for your side, does it matter if they are directly affected? Is the message any more meaningful coming from the victim vs someone advocating for the victim, in this context?
coelo physis
coelo physis 3 dias atrás
HBO ratings due to Oliver? Flush the toilet to simulate.
Pennsyltucky Counter Terrorism
If you're something a doctor will find a reason not to help. I'm 35. I have multiple chronic pain disorders that started when I was 14. Because I was 'too young' I didn't get any medical care until three years ago. Except now this fake 'opioid crisis' has been going on so long that effective pain medication simply isn't available anymore. When the thought of spending the rest of my life in excruciating pain made me suicidal I was kicked out of the ER as 'faking it'.
Kristie Snively
Kristie Snively 3 dias atrás
I cannot “like” this video enough times. This is outstanding.
I changed my name so no one can find me :D
This video actually inspired me for my Research Slides (on Google Slides). I discussed this topic and revived a 98. So prompts to you video!
hayden3112 5 dias atrás
Well if they used a male body to reduce uterus and breast cancer then we have eradicated both that’s a win
Arty Charlie
Arty Charlie 5 dias atrás
oh that's why when i went to the drs myself I'd be told it was growing pains/period pains, but when i went with my dad I'd leave with an armful of medication...
Firapu Roki
Firapu Roki 5 dias atrás
Toy - Man
Toy - Man 6 dias atrás
I envy the US' medical system. Here in the Philippines, doctors and hospitals are full of horseshit.
Slug Gamer
Slug Gamer 6 dias atrás
Woah actually exists...
Isa K
Isa K 7 dias atrás
I had my GP dismiss my constant tiredness, weight gain and heavy migraines as "that's just because you're on the pill". I had been on it for 10 years without any problems at that point and the problems turned out to be a severe thyroid underfunction. Thanks GP -.-
Chris Brown
Chris Brown 7 dias atrás
15:50. I hope he sued the hell out of that hospital!
ZYCalice 7 dias atrás
agree with the most, although for the pain level it might be just educating the doctors on how self reported pain level cannot always be trusted and should be adjusted - although the way the textbook made the generalization could be misleading
Timppa 3
Timppa 3 8 dias atrás
Why are these medical claims obviously wrong? If one "race" has evolved to have paler skin in order to absorb more nutrients from sunlight, I would've assumed other things could have changed too.
Timppa 3
Timppa 3 Dia atrás
@The Viewer Ok, but does that affect my point? Oliver isn't talking to just doctors, but regular viewers, so I think saying "obvious" is condescending and to me kinda' comes off as virtue signaling. If something is obvious only after researching it, it isn't actually obvious is it? Since my first comment, I also watched Doctor Mike's reaction and he talked about the same thing, although he did mention that there are a lot of other medical differences, not stated in Oliver's video or your comment.
The Viewer
The Viewer Dia atrás
It's melanin content and aesthetic signifies. Those are the only differences, and the only one that has a tie to medical care is the melanin, and even then those ties are minimal and really shaky.
Pinakamataas 9 dias atrás
There are anatomical differences between races. Like hair thickness (and color), eye color, lean muscle index, bone shape and many others, most importantly though - prevalence of several diseases, but none of them can allow racist attitude in any field, least of all creating this bias.
Yeet Man
Yeet Man 9 dias atrás
“I have a friend who loves complaining to doctors” *well that’s oddly specific*
Ruth Robinson
Ruth Robinson 9 dias atrás
Can I please just say that native Americans are not more likely to give wizard numbers. I am white as fuck and there is no way I’m ever going to use 6 or 8 when I could use 7. I actively and irrationally avoid non primes as much as possible and that has fuck all to do with my race
Tammy Malik
Tammy Malik 9 dias atrás
Tragically black woman died last week in MKE of heart attack because of this. White people are getting a taste of this if they have chronic pain, esp women. Pain is the new buzzword for "drug seeking" or "mental illness". I can only imagine how black ladies with chronic pain are being treated
Flame that Sings to the Wind
HE IS A MAN?????!!!!!!????!!!!!!!????
Barbora Darmová
Barbora Darmová 10 dias atrás
Same in Europe. I am a female and an immigrant. Most often they either think I am imagining my symptoms or I just fake it to get a prescription for something. Most recently I was thought to be an insurance fraud because my card had expired and I didn't notice.
Klinkenstecker22 10 dias atrás
Well, here in germany the doctors are not that mean. They have to do their job, no matter if woman or man or whatever colour
Castiel Ware
Castiel Ware 11 dias atrás
I've been on birth control for two years, my doctor asked me about my period and one of the side effects I have is having a very long time between periods or none at all and I told her that I haven't had my period in two months and the first thing she asked was if I took a pregnancy test.... She didn't even bother to look at my chart to see that I had put on there that 1) I'm on birth control and 2) I'm fucking lesbian!
Monika 12 dias atrás
It's not only US issue... I gained 20kg in 6 months despite not changing anything in my life and when I told him that and the fact that I go to the gym 4-5 days a week, he just smirked and said "what's the point of lying to a doctor?" Basically just saying that the only reason that's possible for my weigth gain is laziness :) I just walked out and for next few years I just didn't go to any other doctor so I don't have to hear some bs like that again. Turned out I have Hashimoto, I have proper meds now (that I will have to take forever) and my weight went almost back to my regular one.
darkstar2874 12 dias atrás
I’m aware how much work goes into these episodes but could we get a part two on medical bias against the LGBT community? Between the trans community and the MSM blood ban you’d have plenty of material
DemonLord518 12 dias atrás
I had an experience about 4 or 5 years ago where my mom and I went to the doctors to see why I was lethargic, drossy, and why I gained 80 pounds during the previous year. The “doctor” didn’t bother looking at my bloodwork and instead blamed my obese mother for not watching what I eat. Several months to a year later I learned I had a thyroid condition and I was given a pill to take once a day for the rest of my life and lost over half of that weight and regained my energy. It’s been 6 or 7 years since then and although it started around the same time as the lethargy, I have daily, nonstop dizzy spells that have gotten worse over time. It’s kept me from working, learning how to drive, and being successful in school. I’ve had hundreds of tests done from dozens of doctors and have gotten no answer other than the tests coming back as “normal”.
Austin Cirillo
Austin Cirillo 13 dias atrás
Dam women & they're wandering wombs😁
Asexual Individual
Asexual Individual 14 dias atrás
It's also an issue for permanent birth control. If a woman chooses to get sterilised, for no medical reason, they have just decided that they don't want children and want to make sure they can't. They have to go through possibly years worth of hoops, dealing with constant referrals and being told to "wait for a bit to make sure that you're sure", being judged as "too young and immature to make that decision", told "You'll change your mind later", and so on.
Alpha Wolf
Alpha Wolf 14 dias atrás
14k thumbs down...that's the problem right there
Kaylor Jacobs
Kaylor Jacobs 14 dias atrás
When I was 8 years old I was having severe abdominal pain, a fever, and I had vomitted (only once) for about a day. My mom worked in a hospital for many years at the front desk, so she had no medical degree but she picked up a lot of information over the years. She took me in at 2 am because I was just getting worse (she had to carry me in because I was in too much pain to walk). She told the male doctor my symptoms and what she thought was happening..... Appendicitis. He refused to take any blood tests on me or whatever they do to test my appendix, and told her she was just an over protective mother and all I had was the flu so she was to just take me home. My was furious and stood up for me. He finally agreed to do some tests. When they came back he was really concerned because they didn't look good. Yep, I had appendicitis. Surgeon said that it had been leaking and I was only a few hours away from it rupturing. I can only imagine what would have happened if my mom had just listened to the doctor
ocean shaw
ocean shaw 16 dias atrás
hang on doctors should study women bodys because all boys are girl until they get there y cromazon
Redacted 17 dias atrás
The same thing happens with age. Doctors assume that old people complain about every little thing and assume that people with dementia don't know what they are saying.
Robert Texidor
Robert Texidor 18 dias atrás
I bring my husband with me to the hospital or any doctor visit just because I’m sick of being treated like a lesser human.
BeachGnome 19 dias atrás
Having mental illness often means having all of your physical symptoms brushed off as being nothing.
Ondřej Zástěra
Ondřej Zástěra 20 dias atrás
Last daS Tonight with Spectacles McDorky
GregTom2 20 dias atrás
Most new medical practitioners are women, most of the money spent on pharmaceuticals is for women, and women really do have a higher rate of pain conditions like fibromyalgia for which prescribing opiates is indeed a terrible idea. And women have a life expectancy advantage of 3 years. But do feel free to claim that you're being oppressed because of pharmacokinetics studies in the 90ies and because your heart attacks are twice as rare, less obvious and less deadly then men's.
Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez 8 dias atrás
Finally, a commenter who doesn't have his head up his ass! Thank you, you are a breath of fresh air
Frank Parra
Frank Parra 21 dia atrás
That atnt gag gets me everytime
Happiercat 477
Happiercat 477 22 dias atrás
Blacks and whites do have differences,my guy. I.E. sickle cell, heart medications, etc.
Sarah Seriah
Sarah Seriah 22 dias atrás
When I broke my foot (the break went completely through the bone and was accompanied by a severe sprain) I was in immense pain 24/7. I was never offered pain medicine by my doctor, who was a white man. When I had to have an "emergency" appointment to have my cast removed and a new one made because it was constricting bloodflow, the doctor who was seeing me (a woman of color) asked me what pain medicine I had been given, and when I told her I hadn't been prescribed any, she asked if I needed it and proceeded to write me two different prescriptions when I said yes. Up until then, I was only sleeping about thirty minutes at a time, waking up again from the pain, and eventually falling asleep again out of exhaustion to then repeat the cycle thirty minutes later. After being given pain medicine I was able to sleep through the night for the first time since I had broken my foot. I can't even imagine what it's like for people with illnesses or injuries that cause chronic pain. I hope we fix our healthcare system so that people aren't forced to suffer because their doctor doesn't believe then.
Shadow Gamer
Shadow Gamer 23 dias atrás
Wait why the fuck does it say Hispanics believe such and such as if it's a religion? I mean I know I'm expecting too much from racists, but come one.
Shadow Gamer
Shadow Gamer 23 dias atrás
Fun fact: race has literally no basis in biological reality, and there are no genes found in members of one group we might call race that cannot be found in a different one
Shadow Gamer
Shadow Gamer 19 dias atrás
@GregTom2 I mean even using "race" as a medical term is not really productive unless you are talking about the social ramifications of perceived race in specific societies. It's much better to use things like area of origin because certain populations have certain issues because of the area they developed in. For example people around the Mediterranean have issues with sicle cell anemia because of a specific gene that protects from malaria but causes said anemia, and that's regardless of skin colour.
GregTom2 19 dias atrás
@Shadow Gamer Damnit. I looked it up and you're right. I misremembered something. While you do give hydralazine+nitrates to patients who cannot receive ACE inhibitors, in african american patients you would give all three (four, including the BB). Ref: 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure I'll take down my earlier comment.
Shadow Gamer
Shadow Gamer 20 dias atrás
@GregTom2 What exactly are you reffering to? There isnt really a different heart medication for African Americans on the market. While a specific drug was marketed in 2005 explicitly towards African Americans, it's not like generic heart failure medication isn't effective, and it's absolutely not harmful. Not to mention that the way that said drug was tested and whether it's actually necessary or effective is hotly debated, with most scientists agreeing it was a marketing scam Any disparities between African Americans and white people in deaths by heart disease are due to social disparities, differences in diet, disparities of wealth, access to health care, and as this video covers, bias in medicine And again, race is not a biological reality. There is more variability between two members of the same "race" than between two members of different "races". This has been clearly established since the 70s. There is no gene that can be found in one specific "race" that can't be found in another. Don't spread misinformation please
JaySilverhood 23 dias atrás
Idk why I keep watching this episode because of how he said The Babadook
Niel van Steenderen
Niel van Steenderen 24 dias atrás
I disagree with the reframing of the number of planes falling out of the sky was silly. 2 planes fell out of the sky and there is an international outcry, the air is investagted, fines handed out, etc. 83000 is a hard number to visualise but it also points to the disproportionate news coverage and subsequent action in comparison to the 2 ways to die.
Matouš Pikous
Matouš Pikous 24 dias atrás
Test: Do black people have more colagen in their skin? Mr. Oliver: Holly shit, you don’t expexct to hear that in medical school.
BladesWillxBleed 25 dias atrás
There are biological differences in the races such as bone density. That's actually taken into account in Marine Corps boot camp during the swimming part and helps a lot of black people pass basic training. Before that was considered there was an abnormally High dropout rate during that part of training. Also let's not forget drug tests, which can affect people of color worse do to the different structure of the hair. We see this in Athletics with different muscle structures. Biologically we are animals and animals that develop and evolve in different Geographic environments evolve different biological Anatomy. I'm sure John's about to say it himself cuz I only made it halfway through the video (10:15-10:25) before stopping to add this but I know I'm about to see some cherry picking, already am.
Bianca Ilie
Bianca Ilie 26 dias atrás
"You're too white to talk about that" you know thats racism too. Who cares about that? Its great that you speak up against all this injustice, you educate people, who cares if your black or white
Picking With Dick
Picking With Dick 26 dias atrás
Yes Mister programmer. Let us all know our white quilt. Thank you funny man. My program is 1.09 now! ORANGE MAN BAD!
luvmibratt 26 dias atrás
So true ..2 wisdom teeth removed at once got sent home with I B FUCKIN PROPHIN smmfh 😠😠😠
John Walker
John Walker 29 dias atrás
That's bullshit,I couldn't get any GD pain pills!
Isaiah Clayton
Isaiah Clayton 29 dias atrás
NOOOOO, not an MJ joke.Cmon lol
Tiesa Ortega
Tiesa Ortega Mês atrás
I had a black woman doctor call a drug specialist on me because the Morphine they gave me wasn’t working after giving birth back to back thinking that I was a drug attic come to find out I was allergic to morphine and The Specialists Who she sent into interview me to see if I liked drugs I guess I had to cuss him out and the hole Situation turned me off and I never went back to that OB/GYN after giving birth.
Lizard Mês atrás
Actually I'm ok with bringing back calling periods "the curse" seems more accurate since unlike an actual period which is small and signals the end of a complete sentence or thought while periods never seem to end unless you're pregnant or hit menopause, I literally had someone ask me why I had ANOTHER period a month later as if I only get it once a year.
Jessie Hudgens
Jessie Hudgens Mês atrás
I'm mixed and I bring my white mom in with me bcuz I know it will take her 3 seconds to go full Karen if I need her to lmao
elina halla
elina halla Mês atrás
Thank god I live in Finland. When I'm sick (or my Family) I don't need to fear about the costs or get additional insurences (actually we don't even need them) to get taken cared of. It must be horrible to know that if something happens the result can be homelessnes or bankruptcy or even death because you can't afford the treatments or medication. Our system is not perfect but if you compare it to US system, it is hands down better than america has.
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