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  • 18. aug. 2019

  • John Oliver discusses the roles that gender and racial bias can play in medical treatment. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once:


  • WrecklessEating
    WrecklessEating For 1 år siden

    The older I get the more I find out just how odd our country is. We seem to spend more time telling everyone how great we are rather than actually helping the people who live here.

  • Perte adsf
    Perte adsf For 1 år siden

    Wait a minute... If a doctor believes black people have less nerve endings and thus feel less, that means it has to be WORSE for them if they go to the doctor and you should take it MORE seriously...

  • Aaron Marks
    Aaron Marks For 1 år siden

    Those weird beliefs about black people's skin and pain tolerance have a very specific historical cause. I'll give you a hint: it starts with 's' and ends with 'lavery'

  • Julia Lovell
    Julia Lovell For 1 år siden (redigert)

    When I was 12, I was molested. A few weeks after the incident I realized I had gotten scabies from the man who had molested me. I went into the walk-in clinic with my mother and an older white doctor (about 65) told me and my mother (without examining me at all) that I didn’t really have scabies and that I was just imagining I had scabies due to the trauma. We had to beg him for the scabies cream and when he finally wrote the script, he mumbled that it wouldn’t actually do anything except for trick my brain into thinking I was cured. Again, I was 12 years old and had just been molested. But because my mother and I were females, we were treated like we had hysteria and were crazy

  • Jackson Zhou
    Jackson Zhou For 1 år siden

    "I'd like to speak to your supervisor." I'm an Asian immigrant to this country, and learning those words from white people has changed my life!

  • Elizabeth Ann
    Elizabeth Ann For 1 år siden

    Folks, I'm gonna teach you a magical phrase that'll get your doctor to take you seriously 100% of the time.

  • Megan Marie
    Megan Marie For 1 år siden

    Nearly every woman I know has a story about having to go through hell to get something diagnosed and fixed. For me, it was a broken foot, but I've heard the same story from far too many other women.

  • RatPfink66
    RatPfink66 For 1 år siden

    Menstruation was called "The Curse" in the 50s, but that was still an improvement over the 30s, when it was called "Lower Gross Throat."

  • Tzisorey Tigerwuf
    Tzisorey Tigerwuf For 1 år siden

    "Birds are men that can fly"

  • Kaylor Jacobs
    Kaylor Jacobs For 10 md. siden

    When I was 8 years old I was having severe abdominal pain, a fever, and I had vomitted (only once) for about a day. My mom worked in a hospital for many years at the front desk, so she had no medical degree but she picked up a lot of information over the years. She took me in at 2 am because I was just getting worse (she had to carry me in because I was in too much pain to walk). She told the male doctor my symptoms and what she thought was happening..... Appendicitis. He refused to take any blood tests on me or whatever they do to test my appendix, and told her she was just an over protective mother and all I had was the flu so she was to just take me home. My was furious and stood up for me. He finally agreed to do some tests. When they came back he was really concerned because they didn't look good. Yep, I had appendicitis. Surgeon said that it had been leaking and I was only a few hours away from it rupturing. I can only imagine what would have happened if my mom had just listened to the doctor

  • kurkkupastillit ja lämmin tee

    I used to dream about moving to the US. The more I watch this show I become more and more convinced not to. My nordic ass is staying in Finland.

  • Ryan Gaskin
    Ryan Gaskin For 1 år siden

    Ironically, the "default" of embryological development is the female anatomy and the effects of testosterone change this default course. So technically, men are women with pesky hormones.

  • fionavictoria88
    fionavictoria88 For 1 år siden (redigert)

    This particular show hits close to home. At Florida Hospital Orlando, I will never forget the treatment of my pregnancy. About 6 months in, I became very ill. Could not hold down food or liquids consistently. Told my doctor, who works in the same system at the time, she said it was possibly extended morning sickness. It only got worse. For days at a time, I was unable to hold in food or liquid. I told my doctor that I was feeling really weak, and did not think I would have the energy to deliver this baby. One night, the cramping in my ribs was so bad after eating, I threw up, and this time it felt like pure acid. It burned so bad, I couldn't breathe. I called an ambulance and they took me to emergency at Florida Hospital. I told them about the cramping in my RIBS. They insisted on sending me to triage. I specifically told them several times, no cramping below, this is in my RIBS and whatever is going on I don't think it's entirely related. They sent me anyway. While there, they hooked me up to a monitor for cramps in my uterus. I EXPLAINED FOR THE 20th TIME, it was not there, but in my ribs. The nurse YELLED at me that they don't check for anything in the ribs in triage. I was weak and terrified by this point. The Dr. came in and actually asked me if I was ON DRUGS! I said I am absolutely not on drugs. His reply was stunning: "Well we are running tests, and if you are on drugs, we are going to find out!!" He did a pelvic exam, which was unnecessary for the symptoms I was describing. They sent me home, after feeling violated and ignored. They would not release me from triage to go check on my other symptoms. If I didn't think it could get any did. My regular doctor found out I had gal stones. Being pregnant was pushing my liver and gal bladder into my rib cage, causing an excess of bile building up and no room in my stomach to process anything. Surgery is not an option during pregnancy. I begged to have a sonogram done to check on the baby, as his movements were slowing down, and I felt so weak, I knew it was affecting him. I was refused because insurance would not cover more than 2 during the pregnancy. I even expressed to my doctor that I felt too weak to do this the rest of the way and raised concern over giving birth naturally. 3 weeks before my due date, and a couple months of not being able to eat or drink much, the labor pains began. They stayed 26-30 minutes apart. I called the doctor she said go to the hospital when they are 7-8 minutes apart. This went on for a WEEK. Several calls to my doctor resulted in her saying these may just be late term cramps or phantom pains. No water break, only contractions that stayed 26-30 minutes apart for 6 DAYS! I finally called and said, I can't do this anymore. She said OK go the the hospital. They found I was IN LABOR and was not dialating. They gave me something to speed up contractions and force dialation. They also gave me an Epidural, which paralyzed me from the ribs down. With the epidural, I finally, after 6 days didn't feel much. I was exhausted and fell asleep. I woke up to a very startled nurse slipping and sliding into the room saying "Oh my god, I have never seen so much blood!" I was hemmorhaging. A team rushed in to lift me to another gurney for transport into emergency surgery. One of the nurses assisting me onto the gurney screamed at me: "CAN YOU HELP, AT LEAST A LITTLE?" I know I wasn't light, but I was also paralyzed from the ribs down and panicking at the moment. I screamed back "How the f*** am I supposed to help? You gave me an epidural!" They cut my son out of me. He was 3lbs. 9oz. They said my placenta was underdeveloped, due to smoking (which I quit upon finding I was pregnant at 2 1/2 months). They rushed him away, I did not see him for hours. I am sure they tested him for drugs in his system. And when they found nothing, they finally let me see my son in an incubator. I couldn't even hold him. It took nearly a month to get him home. They told me, he may be delayed for the rest of his life. That was nearly 12 years ago on October 31st, 2007. Sorry for the long story, but do not fear, or be like I was and not stand up for yourself. Fight for yourself and your children.

  • S Jacobs
    S Jacobs For 1 år siden

    Doctors, for years, would label women, "hypochondriacs," when they couldn't figure out what was wrong with them.

  • 197228sept
    197228sept For 1 år siden

    Still an issue. My mixed race husband did not receive the care needed. His complaints were ignored for more than 6 months because doctors did not believe him. I had to start yelling in the hospital. You bet my white ass changed the situation.

  • Jayyy Zeee
    Jayyy Zeee For 1 år siden

    That poor man lost his wife and he's tortured by whether she might still be alive if only he had lost his temper with medical staff. That's absolutely heartbreaking.

  • t Time
    t Time For 1 år siden

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

  • courtneysimpson88
    courtneysimpson88 For 1 år siden

    When I was 22 (Caucasian female here) I went to the ER with crippling abdominal pain. My mom drove me and had to get a wheelchair for me because I could not walk. The male doctor told me it was gas, and to go home and take Zantac. It was actually me passing my first gallstone.

  • Donald Thomas
    Donald Thomas For 1 år siden


  • Tsianina Vibranietsova
    Tsianina Vibranietsova For 1 år siden

    A friend's 22 year old daughter was on the track field when she had a stroke. Doctors assumed she was drunk because she was a college student. Sent her home. Family drove her back, went to the ER. Finally got the help she needed. Doctors are the last people on earth who should be making assumptions. It's terrifying to realize that the individuals who hold your life in their hands can assess you without knowing you.