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Doctor Reacts to John Oliver | Last Week Tonight: Bias in Medicine

Doctor Reacts to John Oliver | Last Week Tonight: Bias in Medicine

100 Replies to “Doctor Reacts to John Oliver | Last Week Tonight: Bias in Medicine”

  • Hmmm this is interesting, as a gay man I have encountered covert antagonism and negative attitudes from doctors when asking health questions, not exclusively but sometime pertaining to my specific health needs regarding my orientation. Now as an older gay man Im encountering agism as well as subversive anti gay sentiments.
    Its a bit disturbing as I get older to contemplate the possibility that I may need aged health care and that I may be denied that because of discrimination.

    Im in a rural city in Australia where there is a huge amount of covert homophobia that still occurs…and I recently read an article that agism in the Australian medical field is rife.
    I must say the future is looking a bit frightening.

  • Would be good to see a study or conduct a study on the effects that illegitimate patients, ie; the drug seekers, the hypochondriac’s etc have on the diagnosis of legitimate patients. I am not a doctor but I imagine that it would become increasingly difficult to properly diagnose and treat a patient when I am having trouble discerning the genuine need from the non genuine need. At some point you would start taking a “one size fits all approach” to the detriment of more genuine patients. It’s a real no win situation.

  • so the half usa/uk John Oliver.. multi emmy award winner comic did the work, built a team to work too.Thats why he is one of the most watched people on the planet.

  • 14:51 "Black men in America are living almost as long as white men" I think that may be due to, in part, white men's lowered life span due to higher rates of suicide and drug overdose.

  • I was subscribed to this channel but after watching some of your responses to these snippets – I had to unsubscribe! How could anyone, medical student or not just assume that Black people have “thicker skin” or are in some way created SO differently that your automatic presumption would be to treat them differently than you would yourself or anyone who looks like you? THAT is preposterous! And to have you defending this as a “mistake” is part of the problem. Yes, genetically – we as different “races” may have different pre-dispositions to certain ailments but to think that an MD is really having to consider whether he should give the same standard of care to someone based on their skin color… I can’t stand behind.
    It’s disheartening to hear that you would defend the misconception of an MD rather than ask yourself why that MD thought differently of someone with a darker skin tone in the first place! SMH!

  • How many times did you say 'lower quality hospitals'?
    So you're saying the bias is not necessarily due to gender or race, but to the patient's socio-economic status, bad attitude, suspicions of drug use etc.

    "You're not treated differently because you're a woman or because you're black; you're poor, you have crappy insurance or no insurance, the nearest hospital lacks funding, has insufficient and overworked staff and they're doing their best".

    Treating people differently because of x, y or z reason – it's still wrong. So while I understand what you were trying to say, you were discussing medical bias; so if race is brought up, finding other reasons for appalling behavior or errors is just what-about-ism.

    Maternal mortality got money for research into its causes? As in people are paid to write reports on how poor people die in greater numbers, but let's look into genetics, preventive care etc.

    John Oliver did a show on Medicare for All – he had a good joke about the American healthcare system – it's great for the rich, but too many Americans are born with a pre-existing condition of 'not being Beyonce'

  • There is a good documentary on Netflix called "The Pharmacist" that details the perspective of a retired pharmacist and his experiences/bias in relation to the opioid epidemic; it's a must watch!!

  • Before being diagnosed with Endometriosis I was in and out of the ER and one of the times I had a doctor who saw I had been in 3 times already that week, decided without looking at my chart that it was all in my head and gave me a shot of Haldol. 1. He didn't tell my mom(was like 14 at the time) before giving it to me 2. I was on lithium at the time. You really aren't suppose to have the 2 together. I couldn't sleep for over 2 days, had a racing heart, jumpy and felt dizzy. Took 6 years before I found a doctor that would do the Robotic Laparoscopic surgery, at that point it was bad enough it had reached my left ovary.

  • Hospital policy for the teaching college I was sent to in case of complications for pregnancy was basically my body my birth plan for my first and only born. Thankfully I had no problems, but the doctors were the worse part of being pregnant for the first and last time for me. I had an illness a few years before that left me with two choices, treatment or eventual death. Being pregnant and being told I have choices in how to give birth took a way some of the resentment I had from little to no choices before. if I wanted to have anymore children to how I wanted to give birth was ignored to the point that I finally broke down and cried before anyone would listen to me. It was a seasoned Male doctor that listened to me. The women from their words to body language screamed we are going to push to ignore your CHOICE. The longer this behavior went on the more my anxiety went up. No questions were asked why. I could see them listening with one ear and planning how to say in a polite way " This way is better, you don't know what is best for you"

  • I was told I was hysterical even cuz I suggested I had c diff based on google and I was right even tho the doctor said there is no way I have it. Fast forward… I went to multiple doctors and was told I was stressed and anxious Etc etc turns out I had afib and a cyst in my spinal cord.

  • Many doctors are very biased towards wanting patients illness to be stress because it makes their job easier and they don’t need to work or dig further. They have an incentive for it and don’t even recognize their subconscious bias

  • Normaly I have the upmost faith in our healthcare personnel but ice lost alot of faith in my local hospitals after taking my dad to one becuase his kidneys and liver function were dangerously low the kidney doctors came in and after the conversation we were assured they could get it back under control to a point well he also had a infection at his elbow so they had a doctor come and deal with that am I'm positive he never even looked at my dads chart becuase the first thing on it was kidney failure and liver dmg and he went ahead and but him on a antibiotic that is know to shred your kidneys and he passed away less then a week later I visited him everyday and everytime I asked a nurse how he was doing they said good good I asked he hed had a doctor visit him to check on him I was told no it was just very upsetting

  • Sorry, colleague, you're talking like a modern man, not like a modern doctor. Ignoring the bias against women around the world and/or the USA it's being biased against them; and yes, you are being biased when you try to come up with an excuse to stay neutral. What a shame.

  • Where is the Bias for Opioids coming from? That's easy, the misguided idea that black communities are filled with drug addicts and dealers, thanks to a racist war on drugs.

  • I when to the ER 2 weeks ago because it was 6pm and the docters office was closed and I had a temp of 99.5 and had flu symptoms and when I get the flu I usually get pneumonia so I just wanted to make sure that I was okay to go back to work the following Monday and they told me I had allergies they gave me a holler Jean medication and the next morning I had to go back to the ER cuz I was literally coughing up my inside and they told me I had pneumonia I just thought that the doctors didn't study enough but my husband had heard them talk outside of the room that I look too young to know my own health I'm 21 yeas old and have had the flu 7 or 8 times because I grew up in a anti-vax family but as soon as I moved out I didn't know what kind of medications to take and I got my first flu shot and I must have gotten this one to late

  • I wish doctors and the media would stop referring to the “American Healthcare System”. We don’t have a healthcare system. We have healthcare providers and hospital systems and insurance companies. This does not make a system because it does not provide coordinated care.

  • "That type of diversity is really good for medicine"… that's not diversity? why would being almost all women be 'diversity'?? I don't think it's a problem that it's almost all women, but that's still a weird thing to say.

  • I believe that headline in the Economist about the closing gap in life expectancy between black and white men is actually related to a lower life expectancy among white men due to the opioid epidemic across many parts of the country

  • I remember the episode of ‘scrubs’ where bob kelso talks to his colleague about how he is always going to seminars and conventions and buying the newest research not because it’s a hobby but because if he doesn’t keep up he’ll be left behind and that’ll put the patients at an unnecessary risk of death

  • Wait a doctor is talking about public policy? What on earth does he know about any of this? Being a medical doctor has nothing to do with HC policy. He has never done anything akin to such studies. Why is he talking about this??

  • This video upsets me because its a white man critisizing a white man for addressing issues in medicine for women and non-whites.
    Secondly he blames the female patients for consistently being bad at describing their pain, and blaming black people living in bad neighbourhoods, and not having insurance to explain why Wanda Sykes only got Ibuprofen. WANDA SYKES.
    Wake up bro. Its racism. Its sexism. Stop defending it.
    "Were never gonna figure out this gap" okay bro, fine, dont listen.

    Oh and knowing your gonna look back on today in 20 years and consider current practices barbaric, but yet its not a real problem for you?

    This whole video was, and you nailed it, uncomfortable to watch.

  • I'm not even 1% American but wow that was really informative and fun to watch.

    You have really good content. Good job.

  • This video is great. Im so happy that you spoke out abput correlation not equaling causation. Im a fan of john olivers but a big issue with him and other commentators like him is they often say correlation equals causation and no additional findings need to be made actions just need to be taken.

  • Very true when you have bad experiences to makes you not want to go back. Here are some misdiagnosed things my family has gone through at our local hospital
    Diagnosed depression- heart failure (she had already had 3 prior open heart surgeries)
    Diagnosed to be put on psychiatric hold- septic
    Diagnosed depression- lupus w/crest syndrome (she thought she was having a allergic reaction to bactrum)

  • If that doctor wasn't general practice, but a specialist, it WASN'T his job to tell her what was wrong with her, but what wasn't.

  • I know this reaction comes from a good place but it really just kind of glossed over institutional racism and sexism. Mike is saying that we need to focus on “systemic” issues rather than getting caught up in bias, but systemic issues are because of racism and sexism.

  • I agreed with everything until he said that maybe the black community was dying at a higher rate because of low grade hospitals that don't wan't to prescribe medicine because that black community has a higher opiod addiction than the white community. I personally know privileged white house moms that have a pill addiction but it's not an issue because they don't have to work and can hide their addiction and are considered "outstanding members in the society"….. >:-(

  • Finally a social media Allopathic medical Doctor has an honest and nuanced look at the literature on this subject. As an evidence-based Chiro student and literature junky, I’m extremely happy with this level of understanding of the medical landscape. We’re making great strides, but the lay population must also understand that not only does the education generally lag behind the research by almost 5-10 years, but there are generational gaps in knowledge and framework of views between physicians.

    Some of my professors hold outdated ideas. Some of my friends in traditional med school, even one of whom attends a top 10 school, has professors holding outdated and potentially damaging ideas.

    These are systematic issues, but it’s clear we’re making incremental progress in some areas and leaps and bounds in others. The overall trend is promising and deserving of cautious hope.

    Awesome video Dr Mike, subbed

  • Even if maternal mortality wasn’t accurately measured in the U.S. because of our death certificates, how does that justify our rate relative to other countries? It only justifies the apparent (but not actual increase) in the US stats

  • I have had so many consistent bad experiences with doctors that it stresses me out immensely to seek medical care and I am very likely to put it off or ignore it. I've been sexually harassed, dismissed, disbelieved, and more by doctors throughout my life. I finally found some providers I trust well enough and I always go with a friend. I wish all doctors were like you, it would make me more comfortable seeking medical care.

  • I have had Lupus for. 43 years. That last woman had lupus which you neglected to speak on. I am A Caribbean American living in a city outside of Manhattan. Our hospitals are supposed to be the best!!! However, your skin color with lupus can be a major problem!! I was called a frequent flyer. However, my conditions are very serious, I have seizures, Antiphoshilipidantibody syndrome, rhumetoid arthritis, severe allergies to medications. some times I break out for No reason!! One Dr didn't believe me. I told him I'm allergic to contrast. They nearly killed me because they think that I was exaggerating about my allergies to Tylenol, Ibuprofen,& morphine! They gave me morphine and my body went bizerk! They had to put me on a ventilator over Tylenol!! I had to stay overnight because of contrast!! There was a time I was on opiods. My doctor, faked my urine test and it said I had methamphetamines in my body. I don't live in a neighborhood where there is access to such a drug!!
    In fact our mayor had done a great job on the drug and gang issue.
    Idon't know the meaning of not being in pain.I also have had pericarditis…blood clots, Believe me when I say, I go through Four eppi pens a year. I was patient zero in NYC for Asprin related rheys syndrome as a child!! I was in a coma for four months! I have become allergic to meds that help me.
    I'm very well educated about my illnesses. I watched my Mom die at my age. I'm 50.
    My last experience in a Hospital…where they dumped me physically out of a bed even though I told the Dr. I have a history of pericarditis and blood clots. And I didn't have my wheel chair.
    The next day , I went to a different hospital and ended up in ICU with pericarditis and pnumonia.
    East Indian Drs are plentiful and they tend to treat people like cattle. Such as myself are especially treated badly. I'm not supposed to know anything!
    Then I finally was let out and I told the Dr. I have really foul diarrhea. Once again , I knew what was wrong, yet the Dr refused to believe me. I had to call a supervisor!! I said I have cdiff and I was breaking out in hives. My lupus is all over my face. I can barely walk but yet I am treated like a monster. Oh and don't be over educated!! Cause you are marked for life!!
    So, I no longer take any meds for my lupus, only thing I take is seizure meds and a muscle relaxer for pain. It feels as if I'm laying in a ball of fire. The E.R doc told me, this is no place for you, you are chronic. Like ,just go somewhere and die. They sent psychologist and psychiatrists to me. I have a degree in psychology.!! The system is broken. My people at livingwithlupusonedayatatime /Facebook will tell you! Lupus is no joke! It's like being slowly poisoned and nobody cares because the lady in the next bed dripping in gold gets Dilaudid for a U.T.I…and if I scream not fair…I am considered belligerent and rude!! #TheGuruWarrior I need to teach a sensitivity class!!
    One last thing and this really opened up a young e.r Drs eyes…he came to me bowed( he's Asian) and said how do you do it? How do you deal with me and my colleagues when we tell you such horrible things. It was not until he got the disease as a Dr did he then begun to realize how awful my life really is!! Even saying and showing his credentials as a Dr didn't matter, the e.r Dr taking care of him dismissed him.
    He cried to me, appologized and asked me what to do.? I felt so bad. I told him to educate the people about this issue, stop talking so loud in the e.r and calling people with serious conditions; frequent flyers…not nice!! I most of all told him to become our advocate, because some of us really need these opiods. I locked mine up in a pixus…gave the combo to my aunt. I never over took anything. Did you know that after ten years And no way to get another Dr…I a lone warrior weaned myself off, having several seizures and never went to the hospital!! I almost died. I left specific instructions for my family to NOT take me to the hospital.
    Lupus is no life to lead. Yet , I inspire people everyday. From my bed!
    I hope this inspires you to step up. 😢✊🏽🙏🏽

  • i think men are treated extremely unequally to women name one example when a man was treated through childbirth sexism at its finest

  • my friends are constantly sharing stories with me that they are TOLD that they're not being prescribed the medicine that fits best because "they have street value". my friend who is hispanic was told this when he was told he couldn't get adhd medicine. my friend who was pregnant and black was left untreated for eclampsia until she almost died on the table from blood loss

  • I hate the fact that John Oliver is just about providing an agenda for which he is happy to forget facts that don't supports his claims (socioeconomical status, hours worked, geography, actual sexual/racial differences). I would like his jokes, if he was intellectually honest…

  • I’m sorry but is this a joke ? “We don’t know why women aren’t getting as many knee replacement as men” seriously ?? It’s a sexism thing ?? Like how women will often hear that we “exaggerate” symptoms ? You literally just said it’s a sex thing

  • I went to the clinic 4 times in a few months for chest pain. They said it was anxiety and put me on antidepressants. I almost died from coronary artery disease. A triple bypass was neccessary. So, yes. Fucking bias. Women are hysterical.

  • "Yes you are right But we have to look at it from different perspective".This is what i saw in this video-Yes this study is right but….and yes this studi have some points but…And yea-the diference between unbiased by race or age or sex and Doctor is MONEY.You can be a shrimp who FEELS unwell and you will be treated by the best shrimp doctor in the universe if you have money.If you dont have money you are just black woman with no social security no savings no assets to be taken You are basically no one.

  • I had a similar experience as the lady around 11:20. Not for my heart, for something (I've now figured out) pretty trivial and can be managed with over the counter medicine. I am a female and I saw a female doctor. I told her my symptoms and at the time I was very distressed because I'd never had these symptoms before and I had no idea what was happening to me. She was really dismissive and disinterested. She actually told me "if you can't tell me what's wrong with you I can't help you" and sent me away with nothing except more anxiety about what was happening to me and even more doubt that I was sane. That was years ago and I'm still angry about it!

  • This reminds me of my first year in college (2011) living on campus, I had my first panic attack and only. Studying, being away from home, not having a car, etc. wore me down so when I was on my dorm room floor gasping for breath, literally not able to breathe, I decided to go to the hospital. Where the older white male doctor insisted I was pregnant. Kept trying to get me to take a pregnancy test. I was a virgin. He told me he didn't believe me, and I finally shouted at him about my personal life and how I was a virgin. After that I opened the door to listen to his conversation to the nurses where they continued to speculate I was pregnant. I was so angry I wanted to cry. Haven't been to any doctor since. Essentially 9 years I've refused to even have checkups.

  • Even Serena Williams almost got killed by the US medical system. The bias against women of color is insane. As reported in Oliver's piece and evidenced by Williams' birth experience, black women's complaints and guidance around their own known conditions are far too often ignored: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/sports/tennis/serena-williams-baby-vogue.html

  • To the Left, EVERYTHING is racist and sexist, it has become hard to take you people seriously.

    Also, there is acutally an "overrepresentation" of women as doctors, which makes sense as women tend to be more attracted to directly caring for people, but does the Left ever comment on that? Nope, actually they claim the opposite, that the medical field is STILL too male dominated.

  • Ok Dr. Mike, I'm glad that we are talking about bias in the medical field, but as you said in your video, some of these studies took place over 10 years ago, WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING? Why haven't there been any action taken to correct theses problems? I think we have to radically rethink our medical infrastructure, and make the changes that are needed so that everybody, regardless of sex, age, gender or financial need can get the medical care that they deserve and in a lot of cases, critically need. The time for talk is way past being over, we need changes NOW!

  • I have had random pain & swelling in my upper abdomen, neuropathy, headaches, ringing in the ears, loss of most feeling in my hands & arms, and also swelling in my legs down to my feet. Doctors don't know the cause. This has been going on for over 10 years. No answers. All tests come back "normal." Now, they simply shrug & say the cause is idiopathic. Why will they not help me figure out the cause? It's obviously not horses, so why not look for zebras?
    The belly pain they always jump to bring my uterus and ovaries, but it's upper abdominal. Clearly, they aren't listening. Next was ibs.
    Now, I take gabapentin for the neuropathy & it's like pulling teeth from a tiger to get them to even want to find the cause. So, I continue to suffer for reasons unknown.
    Is this issue because I'm female or because I have Medicaid? Or both? I think it's mostly the Medicaid which is awful. The standard of care (just slap a bandaid on it & shove 'em out the door) is so very different when on Medicaid. Not only are we given the bare minimum care, but here in Wyoming Medicaid only allows me 12 doctors visits a year! Anything over that I have to cooperate with a nurse from a specific program via phone in order to continue to receive Medicaid.
    That's pretty awful. Medicaid patients shouldn't be given less care.

  • “He ignores the upsides because that’s not what his segment is about.”
    That’s a nice way to say “pushing an uneducated far-left agenda based on feelings instead of facts.” It’s what he always does. Nice to see you explain it correctly.

  • wow I'm Danish living in Denmark and saw your video its very interesting to listen to all you explain about medicine etc. and I also love John Oliver lol . thanks for a very good hour listening to you btw im 74 female and grandma, we have free healthcare here in Denmark btw

  • At 19:00 u sound mad fucking racist not all of us are drug dealers or can't afford good hospital and for u to think that is really disrespectful to me as a woman of color.

  • @Doctor Mike you think you have trouble applying pain management between biases? Try being a dentist …fml

  • What are they talking about? "We have the best healthcare in the world", "We have the best healthcare in the world". I know it has to be true because ever politician on TV always tells me that just before they pass another bill that makes it possible for hospitals and insurance companies to have an even better opportunity to screw me out of even more money that I don't have. Show of hands anybody ever get up in the morning thinking "by the end of the day I hope I'm diagnosed with a major illness? Or anybody ever shop around regularly to find out where the best place to go for treatment is on the off chance I might need to be treated for any or all major illnesses? Well that's what a private, for profit, free market medical system assumes. No one is a willful participant. We only go for the things we need, and unfortunately we don't get a crystal ball to tell us what illness we need to make sure we are prepared for. And we can't find the hospital that has the best record for treating anything either, we have to go where our doctor has admitting rights. And yet they want us to believe that we have choice. Most of my life I refused to allow one issue to determine the way I vote. However this has become my one issue. I don't care what party, what person, what side of the spectrum or even if I agree with them on any other issue. Convince me that this is your number one priority and that we will not continue with this completely failing system we have and you have my vote. But if we don't fix this issue we can't even try and claim that we are even a good country. There are countries smaller than some of our states with tiny populations that can somehow manage to provide equal access to healthcare, and make sure that getting sick won't leave you homeless, bankrupt or stressed to the point of ending up in the grave prematurely and the "Great" ole US of A can't. What a joke!

  • Welcome to liberal bias, doc. According to the most non-racist most liberal people in the world all our bones look the same too, meanwhile you have osteologists laughing but being called racist for pointing out how they can tell the difference between a white 30-something and a black 30-something male.

  • Last year, I had a horrible pain in my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack. The nurse in the emergency room left me sit in the lobby screaming every time the pain hit (every heartbeat) for over two hours. When they finally took me back, it turned out I had an aortic dissection and, because they left me in the lobby dealing with it, I ended up in ICU for several days then in a nursing home for almost two months to recover from it. The hospital admitted that, had they taken me seriously, I would not have needed as much recovery time. So…yeah…they treat women badly at hospitals.

  • If there aren’t biological differences between skins of people of different races, why is Asian skin less prone to wrinkles and why does “black don’t crack”?

  • Honestly, I feel like the study saying womens narrative style resulted in more diagnosis errors — it sounds like its blaming women. I know when Im sick (female), I try to explain it precisely, describing the progression of symptoms, chronologically as they got worse. I know that sometimes those details can mean all the difference. I do the same at the vet.

    My "horror story" was when I had repeat infections caused by my wisdom teeth (I didnt know), and my Doctor at the time accused me of faking it, pill farming (really! with a huge swollen face!!!), "doing something" to cause it… Each time was a struggle and left me in tears. I didnt have any healthcare – so everything was out of pocket. He wouldnt let me see his nurse for 35$, he required me to see him in person each time (140$), and required a followup (another 140$), then the antibiotics, 92$. A kind nurse took the extra time to help me find the solution.

  • It’s pretty simple why doctors won’t prescribe opioids even to truly needy patients in even acute care situations: The DEA.
    Government oversight is causing a backlash and it’s patients who are feeling the pain.
    I know there’s an “Opioid Crisis” but the pendulum has swung way too far into compromising the care of ordinary people.
    When legitimate pain is ignored, people suffer. I suffered. I had back surgery recently. It was excruciating and I was definitely under-medicated, but saying so only gets you labeled as an addict for some reason. All I know is, they were in tight control of the drugs, and I suffered.

  • I have a degree in Health Policy and Economics with an emphasis on research. I have to say John Oliver and Adam Conover (referenced in another one of your videos) are pretty much right on. I understand you have your own experience and biases as a doctor and want to believe the best in the medical profession, but I think you could benefit from more research on these issues. There are many more studies to back up what both John Oliver and Adam Conover bring up in their shows.

  • Holy moly, you do a better and more objective look on these topics and studies.
    Oliver just says catchy things that makes it seem like the sky is falling.

  • As someone with a "rare" genetic disorder (it is just under studdied), I spent years being treated as a problem patient, as a drug seeker, and like my issue was just because I was over weight. That was only an issue because they over prescribed steroids. Often my husband would be the one the doctor talked to, not me. As soon as I got an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment my health improved. Now that I have a health team that actually specializes in my disorder, I am treated like a valued member of my own care team. In the end, I'm the one that decides if I am compliant.

  • I gained 67 pounds in 3 months, trained 6 days a week with a personal trainer, and i wasnt able to lose weight. I eat around 1000-1300 calories a day. I started to have nausea ALL DAY EVERY DAY, i had no power, i ran out of air after walking for 10 minutes. I went to 4 different doctors, they all said "well you are 27 now, your body is changing. Dont drink soda." Turns out, i have insulin problems and because it wasnt treated in time, im a tiny step away from diabetes. They tought im overexaggerating, im overly dramatic, my symptoms cant be THAT bad, or i flat out lie about them…

  • Does doctor mike kinda seems like a low key better looking far more intelligent Justin Trudeau. I heard Trudeau only got into politics because he wasn't smart enough to get into med school?

  • I wonder if the reason why men get prescribed more opiates than women , but prescribe other pain killers equally could be greatly explained by the fact that men on average are less agreeable than women. Im pretty sure it's been show in studies already that people that score very low in trait agreeableness tend to make more money in the workplace because they are better and more comfortable with negotiating their value with employers vs highly aggreable types who tend to shy away from confrontation and will often compromise more than they probably should in order to "keep everyone happy". So my thinking is that basically there are probably a lot more highly disagreeable opiate addicted men out there that are better at getting what they want from their doctor

  • They tested my hormones like a dude. Because of our hormonal fluctuations, women have to be tested at certain times in their cycle to get a proper reading.

    Only one female doctor understood this, and multiple others did not.

  • With regard to biological differences between racial groups things are not as straightforward as things have been viewed historically. My experience with research in some conditions that have been viewed as less common in African American may be indicative of diagnostic issues.

    The next concern is the role of SES in healthcare. Explain the idea that low quality hospitals are even an option for anyone in what is often called the wealthiest country in the world.

    With regard to maternal mortality there are still significant health disparities between groups.

    While much of this research is correlational and this is often best option available. Often preliminary results are needed to provide guidance on developing hypotheses for further study and also for providing support to allow funding for completing these studies.

  • yeah this is a yikes from me. you wanting racial bias to not be true doesnt…. make it not true. nothings going to change as long as people ignore it.

  • Here's some food for thought, given that John Oliver says here 'Meaning those assigned male at birth'.
    If the way male and female bodies react, absorb, use and function under certain medicines is different, how do Transpeople fare? Probably not great, so can we stop with the 'assigned at birth' and 'identifies as' as it will, in the long run, do much more harm than good.

  • As an educated woman, I greatly appreciate your perspective; however, I need to tell you, I experienced an extremely major difference in care over and over and over in many different hospitals in many states, even in multiple countries when I went to see a doctor alone vs when my husband was in the room. I'm in the STEM profession and I am by no means a "drama queen," however that is the assumption when I go to see medical professionals alone. I STILL have undiagnosed medical problems because I'm exhausted in trying to deal with the doctors and I don't want to keep missing out on work! And it's kind of serious too sooooooo… What these people are saying, are NOT the exception… And many of these facilities are "high quality" places.

  • more like its changes in forms of documentation but it is agreeable that there isnt much of a change, its just accountability that changes🤯😲

  • I watched this episode with my partner. And we both agreed how bad it is the difference between my care when I advocate for my self and when he advocates for me. Its actually really bad the difference. However it has made us find good doctors and other medical professionals. I won't accept being ignored or put down any more. My gynae was nasty to me a few weeks ago for deciding not to take insulin, even though I explained I took it and was lucky to wake up. I am not a doctor but a level of 55 is dangerous. She said I needed to take it so my baby wasn't diabetic…. My partner put her straight in her place saying the baby needs a mother to be alive not dead. Her response… Well I'm no expert in diabetes and insulin 😒 no you're not but my diabetologue is who agreed it was too dangerous! It's bad that my partner had to avocate for me like that, she should of listened to me in the first place before being nasty.

  • To the whining comments, as Dr. Mike has said in so many videos… If you feel that your doctor doesn't have your best interest at heart, find a new doctor. You make it seem like there is only one doctor available and it happens to be a bad one. I'm a black male and in my 31 years I've only had one doctor that came off as bias against my race. I didn't get all up in arms about it, I simply switched doctors, and even to a new doctor in the same facility. If you're a rare case that there's only one doctor in your area than you're the exception to this. But all the others that just want to whine and cry about it, get over yourselves. Situations don't get better by complaining about them.

  • I was on the depo shot for over 8 years. I was having so many problems. I told 6 different drs and OBGYN about it. None of them told me it was my birth control. No one ever said we need to get you off this ASAP. They all said we don’t see anything wrong. And because I trusted all of them I thought it was all in my head. Then I got a new OBGYN when I got pregnant. he freaked out when he saw how long I was on it. When I told him all the problems I’ve been having he was so upset that I had to go through that. Luckily my baby is healthy. Because a lot of women don’t have that luck after going through what I went through.

  • Disparity does not directly link to bias in ANY WAY, without causality.
    That is what folks need to take away from this.
    Always logically approach problems/situations with no assumptions, and leave emotions at the door.

  • Yes some people (including doctors) have biases, but often people imagine it. Too often these days people ignore facts and say 'oh it's because I'm <insert thing here>!' Very often their assumptions are totally wrong. These days people seem to be searching for bias, and it's not helping anyone see the truth of situations at all.

    That being said, it shouldn't be ignored. The truth of things is important to see, I just feel that truth isn't something that many don't bother with. They'd rather make excuses than face something. They want to be victims so they can get attention from the population. Those types of people have just frustrated me to no end.

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