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

  • Опубліковано 19 сер 2019
  • John Oliver discusses the roles that gender and racial bias can play in medical treatment.
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  • Andy T
    Andy T 7 годин тому

    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 21 годину тому

    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 День тому

    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 День тому

    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
    Knowledgeandbeauty День тому

    Why is this episode not posted on Facebook?

  • Brittany Lawless
    Brittany Lawless 2 дні тому +2

    Also fat people deal with a whole lot of bias in medical treatment.

  • Diana Eidson
    Diana Eidson 2 дні тому

    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 2 дні тому

    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 2 дні тому

    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 2 дні тому

    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 2 дні тому

    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 2 дні тому +1

    Awful propaganda

  • Donna Campbell
    Donna Campbell 2 дні тому +3

    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.

  • Kevin Savage
    Kevin Savage 2 дні тому

    Ummm. It's not about menstrual cycles. It's about the fear of teratogenic mutations.

  • spookydonkey513
    spookydonkey513 3 дні тому

    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} 3 дні тому

    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 3 дні тому

    We are soooo dumb... Ffs.

  • Amy Leifeste
    Amy Leifeste 3 дні тому

    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 3 дні тому +2

    If this a joke? White males are dropping like flies.

  • cicalinarrot
    cicalinarrot 3 дні тому

    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
    kucfogflesrouy hctib 3 дні тому


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    • Ayla Aron
      Ayla Aron 3 дні тому +1

      Present your counter arguments.

  • Nicole
    Nicole 3 дні тому +3

    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 UApluss. 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 UAplus.

  • Sun and D-970
    Sun and D-970 4 дні тому

    Some Doctors are just a piece of work.

  • Ale Titan
    Ale Titan 4 дні тому

    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 4 дні тому +1

    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 4 дні тому

    Watch doctor mikes response video to this

  • Red Holley
    Red Holley 4 дні тому

    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 4 дні тому

    We need to add a double thumbs up option on videos

  • Beloved Woman
    Beloved Woman 4 дні тому

    "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 4 дні тому +1

    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 4 дні тому

    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 5 днів тому

    Where the fück did these supposed "doctors" study "medicine"? In the back alley?

  • Jamie Howington
    Jamie Howington 5 днів тому

    That comment about Black people having a thick skin, is what they believed during slavery.

    • YummyCarrot
      YummyCarrot 2 дні тому

      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
    Landcervelatwurst 5 днів тому +3

    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 5 днів тому +1

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

    • momo penguins
      momo penguins 5 днів тому

      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 5 днів тому

    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 5 днів тому

    Too white to talk about it? That's such a stupid idea

  • Karl Renner
    Karl Renner 5 днів тому

    Donald Trump is the Billy Graham of bigots.

  • Hugh Manetti
    Hugh Manetti 5 днів тому

    God knows I love John Oliver.

  • Madeleine Waters Media
    Madeleine Waters Media 6 днів тому +2

    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 6 днів тому


  • Zain Hakeem
    Zain Hakeem 6 днів тому +1

    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 6 днів тому

    what a load of crap!

  • Cheyenne Le Hale
    Cheyenne Le Hale 6 днів тому

    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
    Mohammed AlModhayan 6 днів тому +1

    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
      Mohammed AlModhayan 6 днів тому

      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 6 днів тому

    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 6 днів тому

    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.

  • Hurri
    Hurri 6 днів тому

    So John, Jesus was as white as it gets after all. And take this with a pinch of salt.

  • Daniel Choi
    Daniel Choi 6 днів тому

    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 Choi
      Daniel Choi 6 днів тому

  • El-ahrairah
    El-ahrairah 7 днів тому

    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.

  • plantgirl69
    plantgirl69 7 днів тому

    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

  • Anonymous Baros
    Anonymous Baros 7 днів тому

    I believe everything. But you realize the transgender community contradicts a lot of this.

  • Angry Armenian
    Angry Armenian 7 днів тому

    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 Armenian
    Angry Armenian 7 днів тому

    what is he talking about? women get treated better for pain.

  • Ar Ziel
    Ar Ziel 7 днів тому

    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.

  • Matilde
    Matilde 8 днів тому

    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.

  • phyzzx
    phyzzx 8 днів тому +1

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

  • Logan Not the one from Marvel
    Logan Not the one from Marvel 8 днів тому

    You must be a doctor...because you just saw the extent of my patience

  • K J
    K J 8 днів тому

    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.

  • Thomas Korn
    Thomas Korn 8 днів тому

    dear Mr. Oliver. Please just stop with the fear mongering and lies. You're worse than Glen Beck

  • PointingOutObvious
    PointingOutObvious 9 днів тому

    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.

  • T ZB
    T ZB 9 днів тому +9

    "Pesky hormones" like testosterone! Oh, wait...

  • Terry Fulds
    Terry Fulds 9 днів тому

    This is racist... not all black people are poor, and not all white people are rich...

  • Leonard M
    Leonard M 9 днів тому

    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.

  • chanchan524
    chanchan524 9 днів тому

    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

  • Tim Beaton
    Tim Beaton 9 днів тому

    "...I'll bet you clap on the One and Three..." Brilliant!

  • sai chand
    sai chand 9 днів тому

    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.....

  • frank tartan
    frank tartan 10 днів тому

    "Get more non white doctors" are you kidding me?

  • Jon Smith
    Jon Smith 10 днів тому +1

    I only regret that I have but one like to give for my country!
    Wanda, thank you.

  • HerculeseFurball
    HerculeseFurball 10 днів тому

    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.

  • t Time
    t Time 10 днів тому +58

    That poor husband. What a horrible thing to have to think about and question

    • Trésor Irumva
      Trésor Irumva 3 дні тому +2

      Not question, live. It's a day to day business for blacks

  • Cassandra Brookover
    Cassandra Brookover 10 днів тому

    And if you are fat. Basically unless you're a cis heterosexual white man.

  • putsome basilonit
    putsome basilonit 10 днів тому

    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.

  • WillJM81280
    WillJM81280 10 днів тому

    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.

  • icarusfx
    icarusfx 10 днів тому

    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.

  • Matt The Pharaoh Wizard
    Matt The Pharaoh Wizard 10 днів тому +2

    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.

    • Metaphysics
      Metaphysics 6 днів тому

      Then stop complainin n lose weight you fatty 😑😐🤷

    • Thomas Korn
      Thomas Korn 8 днів тому +1

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

  • Alex Wymore
    Alex Wymore 10 днів тому

    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.

  • FragDieAlex
    FragDieAlex 10 днів тому

    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

  • GregoriusMagnus
    GregoriusMagnus 10 днів тому

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

    • Thomas Korn
      Thomas Korn 8 днів тому

      Mr Oliver started out with no ideas...and has been stuck ever since

  • Brian Hensley
    Brian Hensley 11 днів тому

    I wasn't assigned my penis John.

  • basilmemories
    basilmemories 11 днів тому

    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.

  • G S.F
    G S.F 11 днів тому

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

  • Derek Schnell
    Derek Schnell 11 днів тому

    Hack, doctors don't care about vaginas or color. They care about money. Oliver is lamer every show!

    • GHOSTbirdnatureLOVER
      GHOSTbirdnatureLOVER 5 днів тому

      They’re talking about subconscious bias. Doctors aren’t slighting their patients on purpose...

  • luka leskovec
    luka leskovec 11 днів тому +25

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

  • Adrian Lopez
    Adrian Lopez 11 днів тому

    I LOVE Wanda fucking Sykes!!

  • Jared Brandt
    Jared Brandt 11 днів тому +1

    Ha, there are people out there who think white males get better care...bahahahahahaha!

  • Jack Landis
    Jack Landis 11 днів тому +43

    Notice he said "sex AND gender bias". God bless you, John.

    • Montesama314
      Montesama314 5 днів тому

      @Thomas Korn You do know sex and gender are different, right?

    • Thomas Korn
      Thomas Korn 8 днів тому +4

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

  • Benjamin Hill
    Benjamin Hill 11 днів тому +1

    Another thing is queer bias. I have trans friends that are just treated like trash after the staff find out they aren’t cis.

  • Austin Oliver
    Austin Oliver 11 днів тому +1

    I mean mistreatment is awful, but different races may very well have slight differences in their coagulation--at the very least in how common different coagulopathies are

  • parisa azami
    parisa azami 11 днів тому

    It's Never Lupus!

  • TheMrFabian1
    TheMrFabian1 11 днів тому

    Starting medical school next month. This came along just right.

  • xx mercedes swiftie xx
    xx mercedes swiftie xx 11 днів тому

    as a black woman I have never had a issue with my family doctor (a white lady), my doctor I had when I was hospitalized when I had blood clots a few years ago (an Asian lady) was nice and the medical staff were also great. month ago went to the Er with what turned out to be mastitis,later diagnosed by the family dr, and the ER doctor I saw, an old white man, I wasn't sure if he really understood the seriousness of what I had, tho im not sure if that was medical bias or if he wasn't really all there, you know what I mean?

  • xx mercedes swiftie xx
    xx mercedes swiftie xx 11 днів тому

    16:58 Michael Jackson's name was cleared and missy Elliot her self called it the Michael Jackson video vanguard award.

  • Grimno
    Grimno 11 днів тому +1

    7:07 Dan Gurewitch?
    *Goes to Google*
    "As part of the writing staff for HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he has won three Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series,” and four Writers Guild of America Awards."
    Oh snap. That is indeed Dan Gurewitch who used to be a writer for College Humor from 2006 to 2013

  • Boltizar
    Boltizar 11 днів тому +7

    Broke: There are only two genders
    Woke: There are a spectrum of genders
    Galaxy Brain: There is only one gender but some people have weird hormonal nuisances

  • R. J. Denicola
    R. J. Denicola 11 днів тому

    Ive had a doctor tell me i had thick skin... as they were putting me under... for surgery. not sure if that was good or bad

  • Bloodysugar
    Bloodysugar 11 днів тому

    Awesome, one of the best LWT ever.
    Though... there's something very wrong in USA, and it impacts even this show : every antiracist thinks all races should be treated equally. But there's no such thing as races, it's just a fake concept, it's the most basic racist concept, integrating it is the very first step of being racist. And then from Europe and many other places in the world we are observing that USA is so fuckin racist that even antiracists are racists.

  • Bruno Der
    Bruno Der 11 днів тому

    I get it mr Oliver, White men are the root of all evil. Anythingelse are helpless victims. Good Point.

  • Samm Iannucci
    Samm Iannucci 11 днів тому

    I walked in to an old-fuddy-duddy general practitioner's office for possible DVT... I have a pre-disposition to blood clots and was less than 6 weeks postpartum. He Googled my symptoms (severe pain in my left left, like a persistent charlie horse) and told me it's not a DVT. The veins were prominent in my leg, my leg was warm and swollen. He didn't want to do an ultrasound because "it would cost too much." Finally, after we pushed enough he ordered one anyway. Guess what, folks? It was a DVT just above my knee. It gets better. The tech calls him and he TELLS ME "well normally I would have you back down, give you the meds and send you on your way but... It's almost 5 and I'm going to be here until 5:30 as it is with this middle eastern guy in my exam room so you just have to go to the ER and they'll handle it" ... uhm what? You're telling me... because you're already inconvenienced, I have to take my 5 week old newborn and sit in a dirty ER, wait til until god knows when to be seen to just get a simple anticoagulant and go home? Because you want to enjoy your 4th of July, I now have to do that AND pay the ER deductible on top of it?

    And this is why I do everything in my power to work around having to see a general practitioner. They're a waste of precious time.

  • Gobboh
    Gobboh 11 днів тому

    13:25 I just LOOOOVE the fact that Alexandra is talking about how her doctors dont believe her and then the interviewer is like "Are you fo real or just lying?"