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


  1. Vile Crocodile

    Vile CrocodileHora atrás

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

  2. cicalinarrot

    cicalinarrot4 horas atrás

    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.

  3. kucfogflesrouy hctib

    kucfogflesrouy hctib6 horas atrás


  4. Ayla Aron

    Ayla Aron3 horas atrás

    Present your counter arguments.

  5. Nicole

    Nicole8 horas atrás

    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 BRreporters. 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 BRreporter.

  6. Sun and D-970

    Sun and D-97011 horas atrás

    Some Doctors are just a piece of work.

  7. Ale Titan

    Ale Titan16 horas atrás

    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

  8. Rebecca Sikes

    Rebecca Sikes17 horas atrás

    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.

  9. Parker Hope

    Parker Hope19 horas atrás

    Watch doctor mikes response video to this

  10. Red Holley

    Red Holley20 horas atrás

    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.

  11. KomaKinoX z

    KomaKinoX z21 hora atrás

    We need to add a double thumbs up option on videos

  12. Beloved Woman

    Beloved Woman23 horas atrás

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

  13. Medical Legal

    Medical LegalDia atrás

    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?

  14. Lowland Raised

    Lowland RaisedDia atrás

    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.

  15. Steve Bulbow MD

    Steve Bulbow MDDia atrás

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

  16. Jamie Howington

    Jamie HowingtonDia atrás

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

  17. Landcervelatwurst

    LandcervelatwurstDia atrás

    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.

  18. Montesama314

    Montesama314Dia atrás

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

  19. momo penguins

    momo penguinsDia atrás

    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

  20. Justin Mochi

    Justin MochiDia atrás

    ... 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.

  21. Felix Loewenich

    Felix LoewenichDia atrás

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

  22. Karl Renner

    Karl RennerDia atrás

    Donald Trump is the Billy Graham of bigots.

  23. Hugh Manetti

    Hugh ManettiDia atrás

    God knows I love John Oliver.

  24. Madeleine Waters Media

    Madeleine Waters Media2 dias atrás

    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

  25. XzTS

    XzTS2 dias atrás

    22:16 Karen-mode

  26. Zain Hakeem

    Zain Hakeem2 dias atrás

    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.

  27. badem

    badem2 dias atrás

    what a load of crap!

  28. Cheyenne Le Hale

    Cheyenne Le Hale2 dias atrás

    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.

  29. Mohammed AlModhayan

    Mohammed AlModhayan2 dias atrás

    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.

  30. Mohammed AlModhayan

    Mohammed AlModhayan2 dias atrás

    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.

  31. Marissa Enriquez

    Marissa Enriquez2 dias atrás

    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

  32. Jonathan Locke

    Jonathan Locke3 dias atrás

    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.

  33. Hurri

    Hurri3 dias atrás

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

  34. Daniel Choi

    Daniel Choi3 dias atrás

    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.

  35. Daniel Choi

    Daniel Choi3 dias atrás

  36. El-ahrairah

    El-ahrairah3 dias atrás

    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.

  37. plantgirl69

    plantgirl693 dias atrás

    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

  38. Anonymous Baros

    Anonymous Baros3 dias atrás

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

  39. Angry Armenian

    Angry Armenian3 dias atrás

    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.

  40. Angry Armenian

    Angry Armenian3 dias atrás

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

  41. Ar Ziel

    Ar Ziel3 dias atrás

    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.

  42. Matilde

    Matilde4 dias atrás

    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.

  43. phyzzx

    phyzzx4 dias atrás

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

  44. Logan Not the one from Marvel

    Logan Not the one from Marvel4 dias atrás

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

  45. K J

    K J5 dias atrás

    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.

  46. Thomas Korn

    Thomas Korn5 dias atrás

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

  47. PointingOutObvious

    PointingOutObvious5 dias atrás

    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.

  48. T ZB

    T ZB5 dias atrás

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

  49. Terry Fulds

    Terry Fulds5 dias atrás

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

  50. Leonard M

    Leonard M5 dias atrás

    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.

  51. chanchan524

    chanchan5245 dias atrás

    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

  52. Tim Beaton

    Tim Beaton6 dias atrás

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

  53. sai chand

    sai chand6 dias atrás

    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.....

  54. frank tartan

    frank tartan6 dias atrás

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

  55. Jon Smith

    Jon Smith6 dias atrás

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

  56. HerculeseFurball

    HerculeseFurball6 dias atrás

    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.

  57. t Time

    t Time6 dias atrás

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

  58. Cassandra Brookover

    Cassandra Brookover6 dias atrás

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

  59. putsome basilonit

    putsome basilonit6 dias atrás

    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.

  60. WillJM81280

    WillJM812806 dias atrás

    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.

  61. icarusfx

    icarusfx6 dias atrás

    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.

  62. Matt The Pharaoh Wizard

    Matt The Pharaoh Wizard6 dias atrás

    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.

  63. Metaphysics

    Metaphysics3 dias atrás

    Then stop complainin n lose weight you fatty 😑😐🤷

  64. Thomas Korn

    Thomas Korn5 dias atrás

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

  65. Alex Wymore

    Alex Wymore6 dias atrás

    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.

  66. FragDieAlex

    FragDieAlex7 dias atrás

    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