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

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  • 19/08/2019 को प्रकाशित
  • John Oliver discusses the roles that gender and racial bias can play in medical treatment.
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  • GodspeedHero
    GodspeedHero 10 घंटे पहले

    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
    Carolyn Hyppolite दिन पहले

    Black people note that 14k people disliked this video.

  • Ninnjette
    Ninnjette 2 दिन पहले

    Liberal hack

  • Sollus Markis
    Sollus Markis 2 दिन पहले

    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 2 दिन पहले

    HBO ratings due to Oliver? Flush the toilet to simulate.

  • Pennsyltucky Counter Terrorism
    Pennsyltucky Counter Terrorism 3 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    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
    hayden3112 4 दिन पहले

    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 4 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले


  • Toy - Man
    Toy - Man 6 दिन पहले

    I envy the US' medical system. Here in the Philippines, doctors and hospitals are full of horseshit.

  • Slug Gamer
    Slug Gamer 6 दिन पहले

    Woah actually exists...

  • Isa K
    Isa K 6 दिन पहले

    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 6 दिन पहले

    15:50. I hope he sued the hell out of that hospital!

  • ZYCalice
    ZYCalice 7 दिन पहले

    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 7 दिन पहले +1

    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 दिन पहले

      @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 दिन पहले

      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
    Pinakamataas 8 दिन पहले

    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 8 दिन पहले +1

    “I have a friend who loves complaining to doctors”
    *well that’s oddly specific*

  • Ruth Robinson
    Ruth Robinson 9 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    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
    Flame that Sings to the Wind 9 दिन पहले

    HE IS A MAN?????!!!!!!????!!!!!!!????

  • Barbora Darmová
    Barbora Darmová 10 दिन पहले

    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
    Klinkenstecker22 10 दिन पहले

    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 10 दिन पहले

    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
    Monika 12 दिन पहले

    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
    darkstar2874 12 दिन पहले

    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
    DemonLord518 12 दिन पहले +1

    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 दिन पहले

    Dam women & they're wandering wombs😁

  • Asexual Individual
    Asexual Individual 14 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    14k thumbs down...that's the problem right there

  • Kaylor Jacobs
    Kaylor Jacobs 14 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    hang on doctors should study women bodys because all boys are girl until they get there y cromazon

  • Redacted
    Redacted 17 दिन पहले +1

    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 दिन पहले +1

    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
    BeachGnome 19 दिन पहले

    Having mental illness often means having all of your physical symptoms brushed off as being nothing.

  • Ondřej Zástěra
    Ondřej Zástěra 19 दिन पहले

    with Spectacles McDorky

  • GregTom2
    GregTom2 20 दिन पहले +1

    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 दिन पहले

      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 दिन पहले

    That atnt gag gets me everytime

  • Happiercat 477
    Happiercat 477 21 दिन पहले

    Blacks and whites do have differences,my guy. I.E. sickle cell, heart medications, etc.

  • Sarah Seriah
    Sarah Seriah 22 दिन पहले

    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 22 दिन पहले

    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 22 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

      @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
      GregTom2 19 दिन पहले

      @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 दिन पहले

      @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
    JaySilverhood 23 दिन पहले

    Idk why I keep watching this episode because of how he said The Babadook

  • Niel van Steenderen
    Niel van Steenderen 23 दिन पहले

    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 दिन पहले

    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
    BladesWillxBleed 24 दिन पहले +1

    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 25 दिन पहले

    "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 25 दिन पहले +1

    Yes Mister programmer. Let us all know our white quilt. Thank you funny man. My program is 1.09 now!


  • luvmibratt
    luvmibratt 25 दिन पहले

    So true ..2 wisdom teeth removed at once got sent home with I B FUCKIN PROPHIN smmfh 😠😠😠

  • John Walker
    John Walker 28 दिन पहले

    That's bullshit,I couldn't get any GD pain pills!

  • Isaiah Clayton
    Isaiah Clayton 28 दिन पहले

    NOOOOO, not an MJ joke.Cmon lol

  • Tiesa Ortega
    Tiesa Ortega महीने पहले

    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
    Lizard महीने पहले

    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 महीने पहले

    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 महीने पहले

    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.

  • Ainchase Ishmael
    Ainchase Ishmael महीने पहले +1

    I need a 10 minute loop of john oliver saying the babadook

  • l1xx3r
    l1xx3r महीने पहले

    I don't like trump, but I don't like dems either... but this guys bias makes me slightly less likely to watch him. All politicians are morons... Not just one of them.

  • WolfGirl938
    WolfGirl938 महीने पहले

    I'm using evidence from this video to right a research paper on biases in medical care. I'm so happy I found a subject to write about where I can use a John Oliver episode as evidence

  • Robert Thompson
    Robert Thompson महीने पहले

    Good news. Trump is going to win again. Four more years! Trump 2020