Dialysis: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published: 15 May 2017
  • For-profit dialysis companies often maximize their profits at the expense of their patients. John Oliver explores why a medical clinic is nothing like a Taco Bell.

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Comments • 6 816

  • ClockFink
    ClockFink  1 days back

    30% of babies grow up to be assholes?
    Wh... Where do the other assholes come from? I'm now confused about where a solid 20-50% of the population is coming from, if not infants

    • Cc
      Cc  1 days back

      Taco bell is yummy.

      • Giornoandjosuke Jojofan.


        • Soviet George
          Soviet George  2 days back

          Davita's CEO looks like a younger Gary Busey.

          • D. C. S.
            D. C. S.  3 days back

            2:03 WTF? My gosh John, here I am ready to learn about what is wrong with Dialysis stuff and you troll us? Gosh you are a genius. I thought that was a troll but that CEO is insane... Holy moley. *I think Davita is overtaking Apple in douchebaggery by defrauding and not really caring about the patients.*

            • Luke Westberg
              Luke Westberg  3 days back

              Makes sense to me now how they killed my grandfather. They were pumping blood out of them but didn't notice they weren't putting the blood back in. ... I couldn't convince my parents to sue, cuz the don't believe in suing pos companies for some reason.

              • varun009
                varun009  5 days back

                Damn, that taco with the pure chicken shell sounds amazing. Wish I could get one but I'm in SHITTY india.

                • Danny
                  Danny  5 days back

                  Great job Oliver. I would've added that home dialysis (either PD or home HD) are underutilized options.

                  -Nephrology (kidney) doctor.

                  • Sophaking Numb
                    Sophaking Numb  7 days back

                    Anybody else want Taco Bell now? Brisket Nachos... Fuck yea

                    • Jacob Wheeler
                      Jacob Wheeler  1 weeks back

                      I went through dialysis and it was a nightmare.. If it wasn't for medical, it would have cost me $67,000 a month for only dialysis..

                      • Kenji Sakamoto
                        Kenji Sakamoto  1 weeks back

                        I am so glad you are talking about this. Americans aren't really taking care of their health. So if you have cardiac problem or diabetes, you have a higher chance of getting kidney failure. Davita is basically killing their patients by not telling patients about transplants and just making money the longer the patients are on hemodialysis. They got sued, settled and even fired their employees that talk back or ask questions. I've been on dialysis with Davita and waiting for a kidney for ten years because the social worker said I'm not stable because I asked about my heath.

                        • tubedoc26
                          tubedoc26  1 weeks back

                          Unfortunately, the feisty lady @ the start of the video passed away in 2010 @ 80 🙁

                          • Mehreen Gul
                            Mehreen Gul  1 weeks back

                            We don’t say Aye or Sooory . I’m tired of saying this!!!

                            • Skeliath
                              Skeliath  1 weeks back

                              Not to mention the whole "offering doctors lucrative deals" in order to get referrals is highly illegal.

                              • User Name
                                User Name  2 weeks back

                                Profit, profit, profit. It's all about fucking profit! What the fuck is wrong with people man

                                • Raymond Shreve
                                  Raymond Shreve  2 weeks back

                                  It's not about the patients? Wow

                                  • Izzy Boo
                                    Izzy Boo  2 weeks back

                                    My dad has had 2 kidney transplants. For him, it's genetic. He went to DaVita his second time on dialysis and it wasn't the best care. I saw him work full time and when he was on dialysis, it sucked the life out of him. Please sign the back of your license and donate! I have my father today because of it.

                                    • James Reedy
                                      James Reedy  2 weeks back

                                      My best friend is dead because he was an alcoholic. But he died at 37 from a blood infection. FROM THE FUCKING DIALYSIS

                                      • Waifer Away
                                        Waifer Away  2 weeks back

                                        Alot of these techs need to admit they get into the medical field to hopefully be paid well and have a career. So anyone involved need to take a look at themselves. I would love to pursue a medical career but I will not be dooped.

                                        • Tofu Photographics
                                          Tofu Photographics  2 weeks back

                                          you got me "at right now you probably push the button...", watching it on youtube and switched back to the video

                                          • Maahum Waheed
                                            Maahum Waheed  2 weeks back

                                            John does not seem as energetic as usual. Is he ok?

                                            • Ya got any Beeman's?
                                              Ya got any Beeman's?  3 weeks back

                                              Was on the machine for 6 Months, $40,000 a month. I'm in the wrong business.

                                              • Tom Byrne
                                                Tom Byrne  3 weeks back

                                                25 years on dialysis, 2 failed transplants... a transplant is not a cure .. would I do another one unlikely

                                                • xXXDumbWordStupidNumberXXx

                                                  "... didn't have the 30000 dollars"

                                                  $30,000 is roughly $243,897.14 in today's money.

                                                  • Ben Reilly
                                                    Ben Reilly  3 weeks back

                                                    All I wanna say is that Taco Bell Girl looks like a female version of John Oliver.

                                                    • peanut12345
                                                      peanut12345  3 weeks back

                                                      What, no ideas about "so-called treatment drugs" to help the Customer/ patient that take out kidneys.

                                                      • Patrick Isles
                                                        Patrick Isles  3 weeks back

                                                        I legitimately feel sick.

                                                        • Kirika Yumura
                                                          Kirika Yumura  3 weeks back

                                                          Who's a dirty bird?

                                                          • rachel newport
                                                            rachel newport  4 weeks back

                                                            Rewatched this episode now for the 3rd or 4th time this year, and i must say- I would LOVE to see a 'dialysis II' about fresenius since you teased it in the opening.... 🤔

                                                            • Jen Fester
                                                              Jen Fester  4 weeks back

                                                              Taco Bell is the shit.

                                                              • VS gaming and atheism
                                                                VS gaming and atheism  4 weeks back

                                                                I’m a dyalisis patient at DaVita lol they’re a bunch of prick nurses in Minnesota it’s decent

                                                                • SOlson2375
                                                                  SOlson2375  4 weeks back

                                                                  Just say the 30% of babies become assholes clearly does not cover enough of the population.

                                                                  • Alfienyka Stinson
                                                                    Alfienyka Stinson  4 weeks back

                                                                    Cantaloupe joke was unnecessary.

                                                                    • Marik Ishtar
                                                                      Marik Ishtar  1 months back

                                                                      #if I lose my kidney will die

                                                                      • OXOX
                                                                        OXOX  1 months back

                                                                        Great video, thanks. But please keep in mind that the organ harvesting business has its own share of problems. See, for example, "The Undead," by Dick Teresi, that discusses the very real problem of knowing when, or if, a person is dead before they start removing the organs to be donated. The concept behind organ donation is great; the execution less so.

                                                                        • nickolas
                                                                          nickolas  1 months back

                                                                          Lmao that “Canadian accent” was so bad I that can’t be mad at John

                                                                          • Surgé Land
                                                                            Surgé Land  1 months back

                                                                            Capitalism kills. Watch this again and tell me otherwise.

                                                                            • Rachel Wong
                                                                              Rachel Wong  1 months back

                                                                              Speaking as a Canadian that Canadian accent killed me

                                                                              • Scuzzyone33
                                                                                Scuzzyone33  1 months back

                                                                                Not gonna lie, I'm in the mood for some Taco Bell now.

                                                                                • Jessie Dee
                                                                                  Jessie Dee  1 months back

                                                                                  2:03 this does not help the worlds view of America being a circus...

                                                                                • God of Beans
                                                                                  God of Beans  1 months back

                                                                                  I was considering donating one of my kidneys because why not and now I really want to and am going probably going to donate it when I turn 18.

                                                                                  • puckerings
                                                                                    puckerings  1 months back

                                                                                    Yeah, it's so weird that they put DiCaprio in that mask in the film. It's not like he actually played two characters in the film, the king AND the prisoner, who was the king's twin brother. And therefore looked exactly like the king, and therefore whose face could not be seen publicly. it's the whole fucking point of the story.
                                                                                    If you're going to make jokes about a film, make them about the film, not something that completely misrepresents the film.

                                                                                    • Daniela Bani
                                                                                      Daniela Bani  1 months back

                                                                                      It's scary to hear people going through this especially the rushing patients. I live in Canada and you can actually do home dialysis for free supplies and all. I set up the machine while my sister does the needling. I know first hand how important doing this properly is its disgusting how people think so much about money that they are willing to put people's lives at risk

                                                                                      • nathan iliescu
                                                                                        nathan iliescu  1 months back

                                                                                        In the UK everyone is considered an organ donor and you have to register as a non organ donor if you disagree with it. Socialism to the MAX, eh America?!

                                                                                        • nathan iliescu
                                                                                          nathan iliescu  3 weeks back

                                                                                          @Sharon Constable nice. Tho nobody doubts Canada is a decent country :) just imagine if the same rule applied to the USA....prob be riots about it being akin to communism lol. Yet when big business goes bankrupt they ask the government for money. Unions are considered bad in America but the police union is probably the strongest in the country. Heaven forbid people are looked after with healthcare...noooo that's socalism, but American politicians have government financed healthcare as part of their job?!

                                                                                          We all know American can provide for its citizens it just won't because those at the top don't want to.

                                                                                        • Sharon Constable
                                                                                          Sharon Constable  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Nova Scotia just became the first Canadian province to adopt this stance to organ donation : )

                                                                                        • nathan iliescu
                                                                                          nathan iliescu  1 months back

                                                                                          @Felix Philippe I thought he died back in 2018....

                                                                                        • Felix Philippe
                                                                                          Felix Philippe  1 months back

                                                                                          @nathan iliescu thank u. did u know that cane toads can run now?

                                                                                        • nathan iliescu
                                                                                          nathan iliescu  1 months back

                                                                                          @Felix Philippe

                                                                                          You go girl!!! 🎉

                                                                                      • Flamin Faux
                                                                                        Flamin Faux  1 months back

                                                                                        Privatized healthcare kills people and cheats the government and citizens out of money.

                                                                                        • Specialopsdave
                                                                                          Specialopsdave  1 months back

                                                                                          Oddly specific topic, yet manages to make it 24 minutes. Well done good sir

                                                                                        • Mr. duck
                                                                                          Mr. duck  1 months back

                                                                                          Danny Davita

                                                                                          • Brian D
                                                                                            Brian D  1 months back

                                                                                            Years ago I heard it costs 20K for just one treatment.
                                                                                            Some doctors become doctors because they want to help people. Probably a lot of them, but companies they work for demand money making and have policy to do so. If you wonder why health insurance has gone up it is business. Doctors don't like it, I'll bet. Also, lawyers are in business. Frivolous lawsuits are a big reason. Juries need to understand that a lawyer will try to suggest it is all or none and juries have been known to realize that there is a case, but lawyers try to make it seem like the amount they are asking for is the only option. If you are ever a juror have the jury foreman write a note to the judge that we will settle for such and such amount. If you don't write that note there will never be an opportunity to be fair. To tell you the truth I would just deny the greed, but it is the juries job to determine whether there is a case or not. In the end I would send the note and if there is case I would do my job as a juror. Remember most of the time in a medical lawsuit the patient did not listen to the doctor. The case should be against the patient sometimes. The people get pain killers and take them reinjuring themselves, because they didn't listen to the doctor to stay of the foot or bed rest, what have you, are costing us money.
                                                                                            Plus there is no regulation on the prices medical industry can charge. I heard it costs 20K per treatment, because of the costs of the filters. I don't know if that is true, but if we had tax incentives to encourage them to charge a fair price we may all be able to afford health insurance. They don't see the big picture. Volume is their answer. They could make more money and help more people if they charged less and had more patients. Instead they want to over treat the ones with insurance.
                                                                                            They suggest you have to second mortgage your home to pay the bill. This is not true. You can set up a payment plan. I heard they are actually not allowed to charge you more than 8% of your income. I do not know if that is true, but I would tell them no and go to a state hospital.
                                                                                            Also, if we do have government insurance the government can limit their prices to what is fair. Don't put my job or your job on a shelf. Problem is, and I feel it is very enlightening, that the doctors that will accept medicare are rare. In Florida I believe there were three for the whole city. I think I am correct on this.
                                                                                            A good thing is that costs should come down now that established patients are now able to be seen by a specially trained nurse. I forgot what their title is, but their paycheck is less and that job can be on the "totem pole" and they can work themselves up to a position that pays better and learning a lot along the way. I only hope they will pass the savings on to us, if and only if medical services are needed.
                                                                                            We need laws to tell these companies not to call these unbalanced meals at restaurants balanced if they are not.