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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  • 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.

    Caroline HowlandCaroline HowlandVor 55 Minuten
  • 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.

    Pete BashPete BashVor Stunde

    Capital LCapital LVor 5 Stunden
  • That sacred number BS was in my nursing textbook too.

    Mattlovesanime64Mattlovesanime64Vor 19 Stunden
  • Never study a "purer" form of X in order to understand X. Understandig X involves studying "impurities".

    Youtube UniversityYoutube UniversityVor Tag
  • 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.

    Gary KelleyGary KelleyVor Tag
  • 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...

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  • 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.

    Melania TrumpMelania TrumpVor Tag
  • 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.

    HanadaMarieHanadaMarieVor Tag
  • 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 LAiwass LVor Tag
  • retarded comedian. don't mess with medicine you got all wrong. dumb ass.

    Aiwass LAiwass LVor Tag
  • 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.

    Andy TAndy TVor 2 Tage
  • 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

    Flo morteforetFlo morteforetVor 2 Tage
  • 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...

    Elaine NguyenElaine NguyenVor 2 Tage
  • 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

    Basil OdiraBasil OdiraVor 2 Tage
  • Why is this episode not posted on Facebook?

    KnowledgeandbeautyKnowledgeandbeautyVor 3 Tage
  • Also fat people deal with a whole lot of bias in medical treatment.

    Brittany LawlessBrittany LawlessVor 3 Tage
    • Brittany Lawless lose weight big brit

      5Days5DaysVor Tag
  • Fewer opioid prescriptions is actually beneficial, based on the likelihood of addiction and the clear over-prescription of these deadly meds.

    Diana EidsonDiana EidsonVor 3 Tage
  • 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.

    Diana EidsonDiana EidsonVor 3 Tage
  • 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.

    2nd classCitizen2nd classCitizenVor 4 Tage
  • 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.

    RaezoresRaezoresVor 4 Tage
  • 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.

    Phoebe DentonPhoebe DentonVor 4 Tage
  • Awful propaganda

    Aa BaAa BaVor 4 Tage
  • 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 CampbellDonna CampbellVor 4 Tage
    • @5Days They will never be more than equal.

      Donna CampbellDonna CampbellVor Tag
    • Donna Campbell men>women you literally can't prove me wrong

      5Days5DaysVor Tag
  • Ummm. It's not about menstrual cycles. It's about the fear of teratogenic mutations.

    Kevin SavageKevin SavageVor 4 Tage
  • 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).

    spookydonkey513spookydonkey513Vor 4 Tage
  • 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.

    {Yasenia}{Yasenia}Vor 4 Tage
  • We are soooo dumb... Ffs.

    Jeffery CJeffery CVor 4 Tage
  • 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 LeifesteVor 5 Tage
  • If this a joke? White males are dropping like flies.

    Vile CrocodileVile CrocodileVor 5 Tage
  • 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.

    cicalinarrotcicalinarrotVor 5 Tage

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    • Present your counter arguments.

      Ayla AronAyla AronVor 5 Tage
  • 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 DE-visionss. 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 DE-visions.

    NicoleNicoleVor 5 Tage
  • Some Doctors are just a piece of work.

    Sun and D-970Sun and D-970Vor 5 Tage
  • 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 TitanVor 5 Tage
  • 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 SikesVor 6 Tage
  • Watch doctor mikes response video to this

    Parker HopeParker HopeVor 6 Tage
  • 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 HolleyVor 6 Tage
  • We need to add a double thumbs up option on videos

    KomaKinoX zKomaKinoX zVor 6 Tage
  • "I got Larry to record the white person's 7 word mating call - I'd like to speak to your supervisor." ROTFLMAO 🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣

    Beloved WomanBeloved WomanVor 6 Tage
  • 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 LegalVor 6 Tage
  • 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 RaisedVor 6 Tage
  • Where the fück did these supposed "doctors" study "medicine"? In the back alley?

    Steve Bulbow MDSteve Bulbow MDVor 6 Tage
  • That comment about Black people having a thick skin, is what they believed during slavery.

    Jamie HowingtonJamie HowingtonVor 6 Tage
    • 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?

      YummyCarrotYummyCarrotVor 4 Tage
  • 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.

    LandcervelatwurstLandcervelatwurstVor 6 Tage
  • Hey, ever wondered why the opioid epidemic seems to largely affect whites more than anyone else? Hmm...

    Montesama314Montesama314Vor 7 Tage
    • 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 penguinsVor 7 Tage
  • ... 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 MochiVor 7 Tage
  • Too white to talk about it? That's such a stupid idea

    Felix LoewenichFelix LoewenichVor 7 Tage
  • Donald Trump is the Billy Graham of bigots.

    Karl RennerKarl RennerVor 7 Tage
  • God knows I love John Oliver.

    Hugh ManettiHugh ManettiVor 7 Tage
  • 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 MediaVor 7 Tage
  • 22:16 Karen-mode

    XzTSXzTSVor 7 Tage
  • 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 HakeemVor 7 Tage
  • what a load of crap!

    badembademVor 8 Tage
  • 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 HaleVor 8 Tage
  • 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 AlModhayanVor 8 Tage
    • 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 AlModhayanVor 8 Tage
  • 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 EnriquezVor 8 Tage
  • 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.

    Jonathan LockeJonathan LockeVor 8 Tage
  • So John, Jesus was as white as it gets after all. And take this with a pinch of salt.

    HurriHurriVor 8 Tage
  • 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. I saw these patients personally while in residency at the University of Miami hospital. It is absolutely shameless what they do.

    Daniel ChoiDaniel ChoiVor 8 Tage

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  • 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-ahrairahVor 8 Tage
  • 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

    gardenho69gardenho69Vor 9 Tage
  • I believe everything. But you realize the transgender community contradicts a lot of this.

    Anonymous BarosAnonymous BarosVor 9 Tage
  • 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 ArmenianVor 9 Tage
  • what is he talking about? women get treated better for pain.

    Angry ArmenianAngry ArmenianVor 9 Tage
  • 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 ZielVor 9 Tage
  • 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.

    MatildeMatildeVor 9 Tage
  • OMG, I just love every time he rips business daddy, but this was especially amazing.

    phyzzxphyzzxVor 10 Tage
  • You must be a doctor...because you just saw the extent of my patience

    Logan Not the one from MarvelLogan Not the one from MarvelVor 10 Tage
  • 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 JVor 10 Tage
Bias In Medicine: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)