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

December 5, 2019


  • Reply J Smith November 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    It's all about bias. Without bias there are no victims and no one to blame. Everyone has to have someone to blame.

  • Reply Kate Wheeler November 21, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    This upset me to watch, I could see you getting emotional about a lot of the percentages. Unfortunately the world is moving forward every day yet it seems we take two steps back with the progress we make.

  • Reply san0106chit November 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    John Oliver should react to "Doctor Reacts to John Oliver".

  • Reply Walnut Spice November 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I can't listen to Wanda Sykes without being taken back to Dr Katz lmao. Fucken love that show

  • Reply Debra S November 21, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Maybe white people are being prescribed opioids too often, not that black people are being prescribed less often?

  • Reply Chris C November 21, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    How in the World is this not Copyright infringement. He's using research and collected interviews from Last Week Tonight, and providing his Synopsis and evaluation to those interviews. He's not criticizing how the interview was filmed or even critiquing John Oliver's opinion, he's agreeing with him 95 percent of the time. Then he leaves John's image green screened behind him. You'd think a guy with 4+mill subscribers wouldn't need to do this type of thing. Imo this video is 95 percent copyright Infringement. Shame on Dr 4+mill subs

  • Reply lonelyjashinist November 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    These stories kind of remind me of something that happened to me recently. I've always had issues with perfumes, colognes, and cigarettes, but as I've gotten older it got worse. I ended up having trouble breathing after a lot of cigarette smoke exposure, my throat got thick with gunk, I was wheezing, getting tired, and felt like I couldn't breathe, while in the ambulance I started to cough up a lot of mucus. I think that was because of the benadryl I had taken. However when I was seen by a doctor in the hospital and explained what had happened, he insisted that because of my history of anxiety, that it was just due to anxiety and that I had not in fact had an reaction to anything. My primary care doctor thankfully didn't ignore this and gave me an emergency inhaler. It's so crazy to me that doctors will write off so many things just because you may have a history of being anxious.

  • Reply Aaron Brown November 22, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Notices difference between two groups
    John Oliver: It must be racism.

  • Reply anders damin November 22, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Dr. Mike, do a show on the fact that women doctors have better patient outcomes than male doctors. Study after study has shown this. (He won't.)

  • Reply anders damin November 22, 2019 at 6:28 am

    5:27 So it's the women's fault that they get bad care from doctors because women have a "narrative-style" of describing symptoms? What an effin joke. Men are pathetic.

  • Reply gixnara13 November 22, 2019 at 7:52 am

    So maternal mortality didn’t actually go up according to what you read, it’s just that we’re getting better at documenting it so the official number went up. That means maternal mortality had ALWAYS been that high in the US? You think that’s a good argument against the statistic John used?

  • Reply Gabs Brown November 22, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Idk if youve worked in a inpatient mental health institution before, but you should hear how doctors and nurses talk about patients in those facilities. You will watch them actively joke and insult patients, assuming the patients are too out of it or stupid to care. Ive been in these facilities multiple times, and its appalling. I wanted to get better to get away from the doctors, not because i was any less suicidal.

  • Reply Gabs Brown November 22, 2019 at 10:15 am

    "This is not the norm"

    Thats the opposite of what these sats are telling you. How would you know? Do you think your colleges tell you these stories like this? Are you a women whos experienced this?

    Youre not.

    "Women put off their medical issues more than men"

    Complete bullshit. "Theyre devoted housewives over their bodies" wheres the stats to back that up? Why doesnt this apply to men and their jobs? Since men are such hardworking breadwinners.

  • Reply Gabs Brown November 22, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Just because its not increased the rate of maternal mortality, doesnt mean its not worse than every other developed country.

  • Reply Emil Rutkowski November 22, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    21:30 uh yeah all those reasons may explain why doctors and reluctant to medicate but NOT why they’re more reluctant towards PoCs.

  • Reply Barb's Craft Studio November 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Please don't blame the woman! I had my symptoms either ignored or pushed off as anxiety. They didn't take any symptom seriously until my husband started attending visits with me and repeated exactly what I said. The swelling in my feet, ankles and legs was pushed off as not important. I KNOW my body better than any one else. I right now am at Mayo because I took it into my hands and said this is NOT normal. They feel it is a heart issue. I should NOT have had to travel 5 hours to find out my heart was an issue just because doctors don't listen to me because I am a women. Things will NOT change until the medical community steps up and ADMITS this is a problem. As long as they make excuses, women's health bias will continue

  • Reply Cameron Sammons November 22, 2019 at 7:17 pm


  • Reply Paola Rodriguez November 22, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I had a more intellectual conversation ready for this comment section, but instead: I’m going to tell you that every time I’m watching your videos on the big screen, my grandma really likes your shirts. She says they’re very pretty.

    “Oh… he has such nice shirts…”
    “What is he talking about?”
    Me: “Medicine.”
    Grandma: “Oh okay. He looks nice.”

  • Reply Cg Enil November 22, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    there are several points i would love to address here, but for the sake of time as well as to avoid repeating the same topics covered by other comments i'll address what i believe was most disappointing in this reaction video you decided to upload Dr. Mike.
    1- When making statements that are supported by data, please post the links to them, because as you have said on many occasions that this channel is for educating the public.
    2- What clinic/hospital do you usually or have practiced in? Because i would like to believe that you are fully informed about certain hospital/clinics located in districts populated by minorities . If not….. as you would not comment on a specialty that is not your field of practice, but instead invite guest that are, you should have done so in this video.

  • Reply Razar Campbell November 23, 2019 at 2:43 am

    re – 14:20
    "The quality of the healthcare you receive is more dependent on your zip code than anything else."
    I wonder if the same thing is true in advanced nations. I mean, have they done such studies outside the usa, in a nation where everyone gets free healthcare (Switzerland excepted)?

  • Reply Emilie Trudel-Poitras November 23, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I don't agree with you on this, love your show but man that is a hole lot of excuses…..
    Excuses to not give the best quality helth service to everyone equally.
    A lot of research done by white man to put the blame on woman and/or people of color.
    It is not up to the patient to make sure he is handled in the best way, but to the professionals to adapt.
    Women around the world especially women's of color, are experiencing bias, an are being ridiculed and you are voluntarily undermining all of us with this one.
    Picking and choosing information to reinforce your own position so you feel less guilty as a white man.
    Excuses are excuses, what do we do now …keep excusing this behavior.
    No, we recognize the problem.
    No we are not handled equally, what can you do better now?
    Support, defend but mostly recognize.
    Cause as long as you are not black and/or don't have a vagina…. seriously don't tell me you know.

  • Reply Lauren B November 23, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Dr. Mike, I've been a big fan, but I was disappointed by this video. Please ask a public health expert to have this conversation next time because while your medical knowledge and ability to read studies is great, public health experts can speak about the social determinants of health in populations with more clarity and less defensiveness than you did here. It is well known that racial and gender biases exist in healthcare settings, and if you had had a public health professional speak on the topic, there could've been a productive conversation about why that is and how to work on improving those biases, rather than you just providing other possible explanations for everything, which was dismissive to those affected communities.

  • Reply amaka nzeadibe November 23, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    If there's no gene that determines race, how can there be biological differences between the races?

  • Reply Meme machine November 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I never go to the doctor cause I’m always brushed off. When I was pregnant they sent me to my OB for everything and I genuinely enjoyed going to the doctor then. She listened. She made me feel comfortable. And would even ask if there was anything else which was amazing . I’m glad your hospital is taking steps towards being less biased towards women of color, but a lot of these articles you’re pulling from are women blaming ??‍♀️ it’s how we explain things. It’s us putting it off. Etc etc. why is it still our fault for less than care?

  • Reply Dewey_the_ Fish November 23, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I, a woman, had gallstones for six months, six months of agonizing pain and 4 E.R. visits, bc they didn't believe me… Where as my Uncle went to the E.R. and they IMMEDIATELY did tests and said that he had gallstones

  • Reply BunnyOfDeath ! November 24, 2019 at 11:55 am

    While normaly I appreciate your optimism, in this case, it’s not going to help. Optimism breeds complacency. This « well we’re getting better mentality » wasn’t in Oliver’s piece because he wanted to inspire immediate change which doesn’t come if people think things will get better on their own

  • Reply Daniel Jackson November 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Yay… well done, no beewoop

  • Reply Raven Evergreen November 24, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I once had a doctor who wouldn't give me a magnesium infusion when me or my mom asked for it, but when my dad asked for magnesium infusion on the same day the doctor ordered right away. Low and behold, I was doing so much better after the infusion I was able to be discharged.

  • Reply Caetlyn bepid November 24, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    my favourite people in one video

  • Reply erin h November 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Oh my god, so many comments about the atypical presentation! It's not that women present differently then men, and we call it "atypical"! The general symptoms for heart attacks are the same between men and women, however if the patient is experiencing atypical symptoms, it's more likely that the patient is a woman. The symptoms he's calling atypical still aren't common for women, they just occur more often in women than in men. They're still uncommon even among women, not normal, and therefore atypical symptoms.

  • Reply john smith November 25, 2019 at 5:37 am

    18:00 so you believe that black people have thicker bones?

  • Reply john smith November 25, 2019 at 5:42 am

    7:36 "if we're postulating"? Dude. I think we're past postulation. Women were denied many basic rights for a long time, but they were still allowed some basic rights like eating and drinking. Descrimination isn't usually an all or nothing thing. Just because there is no descrimination in non-opioid prescriptions, doesnt mean that the descrimination recorded in opioid prescriptions is "postulation".

  • Reply john smith November 25, 2019 at 6:28 am

    19:00 what a weird answer from you, doctor Mike. "There are biological differences" – like what? Do you think that there is some mistruth to the "black people's nerve endings and blood coagulation rates are just like white people's" idea? Why are you vehemently defensive of the responses of just 10% of the students? Why didnt the other 90% answer the same? Do you personally think that black people have less sensitive nerve-endings?

  • Reply Vera Mancini November 25, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Please do some other of John Oliver’s videos like the medical devices, marketing to doctors, medical examiners, and others!

  • Reply urgfcallsme daddy November 25, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I currently have lost 51 pounds because I can no longer keep down almost everything I eat. It's been 2 and a half months and they havent given me any answers. I've seen many specialist and they have no answers and no medications to at least help the pain.

  • Reply arsonistixx gaming November 25, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Great doctor. But this is common liberal media. Not mikeylongslong tho. You can't say that people are discriminitory because you refuse to except that facts dont care about your feelings. That female and male are different. That certain people have different cases. And yes there are shitty doctors. But discrimination on race, age, sex, gender(only two and always the same. Doctor not your mental illness) is very very rare. Context is the most important factor

  • Reply Katherine Nowacki November 25, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Thanks, I learned a lot today!

  • Reply Erin Maurer November 25, 2019 at 11:46 am

    As a medical professional and female, I can tell you that the bias is real. It's the reason I left the profession.

  • Reply crabbytomb97 November 25, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I'm a big John Oliver fan, but it's refreshing to hear someone call him out for mistakes that he makes. Doesn't make him a bad person, he's human. Humans make mistakes and I think you handled it well.

  • Reply NKBJ November 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I think it's an excellent point that we should seek out all possible explanations instead of just labeling things "bias." However, I think that this doesn't mean we can ignore the very high probability of bias being at least part of the problem.

    Additionally, Dr. Mike is still biased when talking about female heart attacks presenting as "atypical." While I understand that he means atypical compared to what the standard medical definition is, since he's already pointed out that this only describes what is typical for men, he should be more careful as to how he describes it going forward. Women are not atypical men, just fyi, Dr. Mike 😉

  • Reply It has got to stop! November 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Wow, for such a committed knowledgeable doctor he sure has time to appear on multiple talk shows without helping anybody… chasing the almighty dollar is all this you-tune celebrity really cares about. Unsubscribed immediately!

  • Reply It has got to stop! November 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    You have went WAY overboard with the celebrity schtick Dr. Mike. Eff you sucker!

  • Reply Anjelica Sanders November 26, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Try being a fat woman with a medical issue. I was ignored after having a 14 day headache ( I am do grateful for 1 dr challenging his colleague Saving my vision). I Lost 182 pounds I'm still plus size and ER Dr still tell me I need get on a healthy diet and lose weight < already doing this>. Meaning they didn't read my chart. I have IIH caused by venus stenosis. I have to be sure to go to the same hospital or they will triage me with a headache (Its pressure on my brain and optic nerves) I could go blind. I get ignored until I ask for Admin.
    Once While I was having a late term miscarriage I was in extreme pain and I was told by the attending to cut out the drama. They have given me morphine and it had no effect. They refused to change the medication even after I told him morphine has never helped me. One time a Dr Told me to do cardio while he was putting a knee brace on me. Again I lost 182 pounds and still going. Seeing this same dr the who time…

  • Reply The Revvenge November 26, 2019 at 7:55 am

    What I took away from John Oliver when I first saw it wasn't "boy, doctors sure are racist". I think bias is a broader term. Bias includes the lower quality hospitals, the lack of studies and education about women and non-whites in the past, and a bit of sexism and racism. Mainly it's a systemic issue of blind spots of (part of) the medical community and continuing informal segregation.

  • Reply Leto Anor November 27, 2019 at 1:23 am

    28 minutes of white dude trying to explain misogyny and racism away. Of fucking course. That's not cute anymore.

  • Reply Lesbian Amazon Sister November 27, 2019 at 5:26 am

    When I was growing up, my male primary care doctor never took my pain seriously.
    Turns out, I have a condition about 10% of women have, and I've had it since I hit puberty.
    I saw this man for 7 years and he never even mentioned it to me as a possibility.
    I saw someone at Planned Parenthood, within 1 MONTH I had treatment and was feeling much better.
    I've been on the treatment for years now, and it changed my life.
    Bias in medicine is absolutely real.

  • Reply Lesbian Amazon Sister November 27, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Dr. Mike, how many women have to share their stories of agony for you to believe us?
    There are many female medical professionals themselves telling you about how difficult it is for them to be taken seriously!
    When even female doctors, nurses, etc. struggle to make medical staff take them seriously, what measly chance to the rest of us women & girls out there have?

    So, short of asking a man to repeat exactly what we've just said, what will it take for you to believe us, and your female patients?

  • Reply Lesbian Amazon Sister November 27, 2019 at 6:29 am

    5:33 "Women's narrative presentation style reportedly contributed to physicians making more diagnostic errors in their evaluations of chest pain with women than with men."
    That sounds a lot like blaming women for their poor quality care, because they did exactly what was asked of them. That makes no sense.

  • Reply johncaiwa November 27, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    How do you sync up your video on your iPad and on your recording?

  • Reply Sylvie Delalune November 27, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Overweight woman arrives to the doctor : "I have a cold"
    Doctor "lose some weight"

  • Reply Delray Brewer November 27, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    FINALLY someone uses "politically correct" in the proper way. It does NOT mean things that may or may not hurt your feelings. It's a tool used by governments (invented by the Nazi's and Soviet's) to alter what phrases, words and terms are allowed to be used in order to push a narrative. In 1934, the Nazi's were granting reporting permits "only to pure 'Aryans' whose opinions are politically correct." Or like the Trump admin ordering the EPA to erase all mentions of climate change from their websites and official documents. They're not even allowed to use the phrase in front of Congress. It's all about making sure the masses believe in the same state mandated narrative. If you do, you're politically correct. If you don't, you're politically incorrect.

  • Reply Nyarlathotep Flagg November 28, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I have some obviuos explanations that come to mind, in the question of why women are less liekly to recieve treatment for knee joint pains, and abdominal pains:

    1. Men are larger, and so the damage caused by their weight over time, is likely to be more obvious – And so easier to diagnose.
    2. Women have a monthly cycle of abdominal pain, and a doctor wouldn't want to misdiagnose that as something more serious(or indeed as unrelated, as it could stem from some error with female-specific "internal plumming").

    These are causes I could think of at the spur of the moment. I'd think there's a lot more to factor in, like the way women generally tell their stories. But at the end of the day, I think you will come up with perfectly valid reasons for the disparity. Men and women are biologically not the same – And so it makes sense for diagnostic work for either would be more problematic in some areas, less problematic in other areas.

    Wanna bet that there are cases where men get way worse treatment than women? Don't bother, I already know those cases exist. And there it generally really is cultural, a woman's tears matters more than a man's tears(even though men cry far less on average).

    I find it repulsive how women who want to claim to be self-sufficient, are the first to take on the coat of victim-hood.

    Yes there are inadequacies in human systems, yes our healthcare is very far from perfect. Our very understanding of human bodies is way too limited. But if anything, women are prioritized(sometimes with good reason) – Not neglected.

  • Reply Jayson Cortez November 28, 2019 at 8:35 am

    The guy's a professional in medicine field not on youtube and media sht they were not taught to discuss issues in front of an audience unless it's a medical issue in your body, he did his job here fine and the fact that he brought the topic up is fine already, your criticisms are demanding so much more from him. Just saying

  • Reply TheClimbTo1 November 28, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Wait… you DO NOT KNOW how he thinks it's obvious?

    You do realize Jon Oliver, while funny, is a Liberal. Right? He believes that if YOU believe there are ANY Biological differences between Races, that you are a Racist.

    So, OBVIOUSLY, there are ZERO Biological Differences. Same with Men/Women, by the way.

    I bring this up, because it is exactly this short-sighted thinking that leads to 'Good Intentions' actively HURTING those they thought they were helping.

  • Reply Shamini Saravanan November 29, 2019 at 8:32 am

    There were some really good points made in this video. I really appreciated the fact that he looked at it from all points of view, and not just the "inflammatory" aspects. I do, however, think that the more pertinent question than "why are lower quality hospitals contributing more to the mortality rate?" and "why are poorer quality hospitals giving less comprehensive care to the black community?" is "why is a disproportionate amount of the black community forced to seek care in lower quality hospitals?" and "why are whites overprescribed opioids by 34 %?" (instead of blacks being "underprescribed", i mean). I think the attention needs to go both ways, but that's just my opinion d:

  • Reply Fukai Kokoro November 29, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I have a horror story. I was on the state health insurance when I was a teenager because my family was super poor. I thought I got pregnant with a long term boyfriend. I made an appointment with this doctor who took my insurance which was rare back then.

    I arrived to my appointment early. The nurse then asked me the run of questions. When she realized I was there because I thought I was underaged and pregnant she quickly left the room. She then came back in the room about 15 minutes later. Telling me that the doctor would NOT treat me. Due to his religious beliefs.

    He basically practiced sharia law on me. Just because I had medicade. Which means the tax payers money went to this doctor who refused care because his religion. I bet a lot of people who’s tax money that was wouldn’t approve of that. He nearly killed me. A teenage girl.

    I feel upset about it to this day. Back then I didn’t realize I had the right to sue him. I thought because I was impoverished I didn’t have the same rights as people with money.

    I then went to the hospital because they can’t refuse care, I was again treated like garbage because I was on medicade.

    But at least I was treated. I ended up having a molar pregnancy.

    Even though I had experienced two shitty doctors I met one amazing one. She saw how traumatized I was and how I was being treated and hugged me.

  • Reply TheNatali1994 November 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    9:21 I was hoping so much that the difference in symptoms when comparing the male and female body were mentioned. It makes me so happy that the medical society is looking in to this, because the right diagnosis and treatment can be the difference between life and death.

  • Reply stephanie tyson November 29, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I think I would recommend mama doctor jones and healthcare triage does a better job at talking about this issue than you.

  • Reply ルカ November 29, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    americans assuming everything is bias, sexist and racist… nothing new just paranoid uneducated Americans.

  • Reply Bleus Boom November 29, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Black women have it hard. That is great to hear for black men. But they are missing the disparities of the black women

  • Reply Painted Rose 84 November 29, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Ohio has passed a law that says that if a woman is diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy then the doctor must reinsert the zygote or face murder charges. Are they forcing doctors of Ohio into malpractice?

  • Reply madnessyoucanhum November 30, 2019 at 10:58 am

    My best friend died from a heart attack because she was having shoulder pain and was walking to the clinic. She had no clue. She ended up collapsing on her way and died before an ambulance could get to her.

  • Reply sarty November 30, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    My doctor told me there are 3 Fs: Female, Fat and over Forty, and I have all three. He said to really advocate for myself because, even if they don't mean to, medical professionals will dismiss my complaints because of those 3 factors. I work in PT and since hearing that, I've tried to become more sensitive to my own biases. Thank you for this video, I think it is an important discussion to have.

  • Reply Eric Lebovitz November 30, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Many tv hospital dramas have been highlighting recently that people in black communities don’t want to get physicals as much or get themselves checked out as much .. I was just wondering what u thought of that, if any truth to it, and if there’s anything we can do to get people to go see the doctor kore andnot just ignore taking care of themselves .. not trying to be racist .. I’m just reacting to all these tv shows and wondering if black individuals themselves are holding their own care back

  • Reply GeekShero November 30, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    What's up with these lower quality hospitals? Basically that's a socio economic/racial disparity normally. So I know Dr. Mike wants to be fair. But these biases are really a thing and it shouldn't be so.

  • Reply Dragonbeast6 November 30, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    @:14:13 ….No…. I Love you dr mike.. But no… You do not get to marginalize this. You can ish and this there and this… But then and there dude.. thats its.. me and you gonna change the world… but dont marginalize dude.. Love you baby

  • Reply Joseph A. December 1, 2019 at 5:52 am

    This is an amazing apology for the medical community and their systemic racism. You're trying to make the argument that it happens simply because of the economic status of the area in which they are receiving care, while that might be a valid point we need to explore why a disproportionate number of African Americans and minorities end up there. More over, why would those areas with a higher concentration of African Americans and minorities in the areas with hospitals that don't have enough funding, staff, or supplies? Also a question to be asked is why don't hospitals with predominately white patients receive an influx of homeless or minority patients, is there a socio-economic reason behind this, or is it due to the pseudo segregation that plagues our country today? As i said, this is an amazing apology for the white medical community, and I'm not surprised its coming from a white doctor.

  • Reply zero known December 1, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I honestly think you and john should do a collab because you both seem like you care.

  • Reply Jennifer Coleman December 1, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    There are dumb racist, sexist, and bigoted doctors. That's a fact! I've had an older doctor almost kill my kid by not giving my kid antibiotics. She ended up with double knumonia. Many doctors need more sensitivity training and racial bias training.

  • Reply Carly Revis December 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    And then add in the fact that health insurance is outrageous so all some people have is the ER for help.

  • Reply Carly Revis December 1, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    So once again it comes down to that the poor do not get quality health care compared to the rich. Their pain is less likely to be helped.

  • Reply Carly Revis December 1, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    What are pain contracts going to change if even cancer patients aren't getting pain meds any more? Most of the chronic pain patients I know who of course are women have been ripped off their meds with no care since the "epidemic". THERE ARE PEOPLE COMMITING SUICIDE BECAUSE NOBODY UNDERSTANDS THEIR PAIN.

  • Reply Sanja Erceg December 1, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    This is what I like about this channel. These things need to be raised and openly discussed so that proper changes can be made on a higher level. Thanks for giving your insight on this, it makes it much more accessible and understandable to the non hcp people. Keep it up :).

    Peace and love,

  • Reply N Moran December 1, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    It’s not that the African-American population is getting better health care is it the fat rich guys are dying sooner

  • Reply TheGoodFather December 1, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    John Oliver is not worth listening to

  • Reply Liz Acevedo December 2, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Absolutely great informative video!

  • Reply Stephen Fuller December 2, 2019 at 6:45 am

    well tbh all patients lie about pain. the best scale to use is the wong-baker scale…. even though it was created for kids due to their inability to communicate pain it rules out subjectivity and I've seen the majority of patients lie about symptoms. so i would appreciate if you stop masking the problems of society with health care to look like the providers faults. this is beyond inaccurate and fails to pinpoint the problem.

  • Reply Yuri Wang December 2, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    In Canada there was this tv AD that actually talk about woman have higher rate of having a heart attack then man and are being misdiagnosed and sent home…

  • Reply The Muse Next Door December 2, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    My favorite comeback for "it's all in your head" is "so are brain cancer and strokes."

  • Reply Oh Okay December 3, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Idk what exactly was the issue with my sister, but she needed a prescription for birth control cause her cramps were becoming debilitating and they refused to write her one until she ended up at a good, honest 8 on the 1-10 pain scale and could hardly hold a conversation or walk. Shes also had a lot of demeaning comments made about her from pharmacists when refilling her prescription, cause shes a teen taking birth control and everyone loves to be assholes…

  • Reply ellobec December 3, 2019 at 9:53 am

    This happens in Australia. To the point where my family members- mother, sister, want me to go to their medical appointments with them so I can advocate for them as a doctor. I shouldn’t need to do that. But I want to make sure my loved ones are getting the best, correct, care. The problem is usually with male doctors in their later years. 50’s-60’s. They think they’ve seen it all. Therefore, they couldn’t possible get it wrong. And they must know more than their patient actual feels.

    It nearly happened to me. I was having stomach problems, I knew it was an ulcer, possibly caused by H pylori, my doctor refused to run tests. He was an older white man. Of course he knew more than the female doc in her 20’s. Even after 2 months of complaint. Saw a different dr- guess what? Breathe test confirmed H pylori. Endoscope confirmed an ulcer. Proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics fixed the problem. I went so long with unnecessary, sometimes unbearable pain and digestion issues.

  • Reply Kate Kursive December 3, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Any progress Dr. Mike is talking about is US-exclusive, I assure. If you heard the things my doctors did and said to me, you would have a heart attack.

  • Reply Benjamin Ryan December 3, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    John Oliver's character is designed to shape a specific narrative for a specific audience. It's just a shame that the product they're selling deliberately omits a holistic review of what is being presented since that audience generally takes it as such.

  • Reply evenamber December 4, 2019 at 5:10 am

    I was 18 when I was having my first baby, at the hospital the person in charge sent in the anistisiologist (sorry for the spelling) 4 times, each time after trying to pushing me to get an epidural I told them very firmly no I was not interested. It seemed like they just couldn't understand why I didn't want one

  • Reply Dan Stac December 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    You stated "we" . Not because of doctors are back men living longer.

  • Reply Dan Stac December 4, 2019 at 2:05 pm


  • Reply Janusha December 4, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Its almost funny to see a doctor defending the US healthcare system… Its like seeing american lawyers defending their cartoonish legal & justice system. Or seeing american police defending their police force every time they shot some random person over a routine traffic stop.

  • Reply Shauna Hubbard December 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Hi. I normally don’t comment on videos but I have recently come across your videos, I have had quite a few hospital visits. Although we don’t have a black issue. We do have a First Nation issue. One of the hospitals in our city is a teaching university. So every time I’ve gone I was treated first like I was a drunk and then I!was treated like a pain pill seeker. One of the attendees doctors told his “class” that I was a typical pain seeker. At the end of my bed, surrounded by 10 pre-med students. It made me feel like an exhibition at the zoo. So needless to say I did make it through, and eventually found the specialist I needed, but my humility and pride took a tough toll.

  • Reply Ann Brown December 4, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Started viewing comments while he was talking! Oh people! I'm not a 'medical' person, just a regular person! I was beyond HORRIFIED! SO SO overwhelmed with sorrow at how you were dismissed. Imagine how many horror stories there are out there ?. My story not much but on my 1st visit to a new ( older female) doctor, she took one look at me & I knew she didn't like me. She even critized me for carrying water with me. Wz in my lste 70's at the time & heart patient CHF. Went elsewhere the next year. ?

  • Reply Ik Ben Er Pik. December 4, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    1:12 that is not diverse. Only three men is not diverse. Not in a long run.

  • Reply RawJewel December 5, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I don’t know what studies John referenced but I know that my mother was diagnosed with 4th stage cancer after being under the care of an oncologist for years. She was diagnosed in the emergency ward! He was supposed to be watching her for colon cancer. My mother’s cancer started in her colon!

  • Reply RawJewel December 5, 2019 at 2:22 am

    What about the racial discrepancies?

  • Reply Tiffany Minton-Elizondo December 5, 2019 at 3:18 am

    I have chronic illness I have lupus with multiple other conditions. Anytime I walk through the ER for anything and being sent there from my rheumatologist, because it's after hours or he can't fit me in that day. Which normally he can so it's normally a circumstance outside of his means. I will go to the ER and they automatically tell me I'm not getting pain medication even before they know why I'm there. All because somebody putting in my chart then I'm a pain seeker! All of this was put in before I was ever diagnosed with my chronic illnesses. So because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me over 12 years ago. An all of this was when I was constantly throwing up and they said "because I didn't have cancer they would only give me 6 zofran a month." (To stop nausea and vomiting that I was having 10 to 12 times a day. An I was going in there almost every other day trying to figure out what was wrong with me because I was severely dehydrated and couldn't keep anything down. They would run a couple tests say there was nothing wrong with me send me home. Then I would come back 3 hours later and an ambulance severely dehydrated, or with pneumonia, or with a pneumothorax and then they would would admit me into the hospital. An couple doctors would come in runtastic app not my department good luck to have a nice life and walk out. An only because of one Doctor who knew it had nothing to do with his specialty was going to find out what was wrong with me decided to give up until I finally got a diagnosis. They were running every test under the sun because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me.) An that they don't give out pain medications in the ER anymore. An to that they're not there to figure out what's wrong with me!!!!! That they can't figure it out because they did EKG I'm fine, or they may have done an x-ray I'm fine. Whatever this is I need to go to my primary or to my specialist cuz it's most likely contributing from one of my chronic illnesses. They're not primary care doctors! So there's no reason I need to be in an ER taking up their time. An that it's 90% most likely due to my chronic illness. Not that they even check anyting else other than an EKG or a CT or sometime a X-ray. 90% of the time they don't do anything other than look at me and say you don't have a fever we've done Labs your white blood cell count is a little high but within normal range. So you're fine just go talk to your rheumatologist or your primary care doctor. I may have uterine pain I may be having bowel issues but they do blood work and as far as they're concerned I'm fine. So I can tell you from personal experience that if my husband whose six-foot-one and looks like a biker guy isn't there. They tell me to leave in 2 seconds of walking through the Hospital doors. even when I had stitches because it's sliced my hand open they wouldn't give me pain medication they made it made me wait over 3 hours the waiting room and then 20 to 30 minutes for a doctor to come in the room then the doctor came back 20 minutes after seeing myyou can't sue tritt anymore and then told me I wasn't going to get pain medication and that he was going to give me lidocaine in the hand as he didn't inject around the one he injected into the wound. When I almost punched him because he injected into the wound he told my husband to hold my hands down so he could inject me. When knew I had fibromyalgia which makes the pain even more. He said that I would be fine was injecting me with lidocaine and that would get rid of all of the pain and I would be fine and I was just being a baby. An actually said don't be a baby I'll be fine. When the nerve endings were starting to go to sleep 10 seconds after injecting me he stuck the needle into the wound and as I screamed because I said something hurts! He said why because I wasn't even touching you. So you have to be making up. An this was in May of 2019.

  • Reply Koala From Tomorrow December 5, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Also particly mental health people and people with Asperger's or other mental health diagnosis prevent people psychial complaint are not belived also most doctor don't take Medicare most speciality

  • Reply Jess Basta December 5, 2019 at 7:33 am

    You should talk about the bias pain patients have and how so many people are now suffering because they are automatically judged and labeled as a drug addict when suffering with pain

  • Reply Kasia Wu December 5, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Another group not getting the right medical care is the obese people. When I was obese, all my problems, including rosacea, were the result of my weight and all the doctors told me that my problems will go away when I lose weight. I lost 50 pounds and guess what 😛 still rosacea and atopic skin are a part of my everyday life as well as problems with sinuses and headaches.

  • Reply Sarah Jacobs December 5, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Another thing that's not addressed much is the post partom trauma. I had a C-Section where my body was going through the anesthetic faster than they could give it to me due to a sever panic attack about said C-Section. They started before I was fully under and I could feel everything. I still to this day (3 years later) cannot look at or really even touch my scar. The PTSD from pregnancy really needs to be addressed as well.

  • Reply An Actual Barrel of Monkeys December 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    i'm… pretty sure "low-quality hospital" counts as a socioeconomic factor

  • Reply Missie Bennett December 5, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I think the most upsetting thing about this is, that everyone is focusing on the "negative " and no one talks about the Amazing work Doctors are doing for the world! People are always overlooking the fact the Doctors are human, like Dr.Mike said.
    I think a really good thing to consider, when people are blowing up about the flaws of medicine, is what would we do without them? I personally have many complicated health issues, and go to doctors frequently, and I have never felt overlooked, not believed or dismissed by my PCP. The entire medical community deserves more praise and less scorn.

  • Reply Padme Crow December 5, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I thought my eyes come out of their sockets when I had my heart attack

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