Leana Wen: What your doctor won’t disclose

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They told me that I’m a traitor
to my own profession, that I should be fired, have my medical license taken away, that I should go back to my own country. My email got hacked. In a discussion forum for other doctors, someone took credit
for “Twitter-bombing” my account. Now, I didn’t know if this
was a good or bad thing, but then came the response: “Too bad it wasn’t a real bomb.” I never thought that I would do something that would provoke this level of anger
among other doctors. Becoming a doctor was my dream. I grew up in China, and my earliest memories
are of being rushed to the hospital because I had such bad asthma
that I was there nearly every week. I had this one doctor, Dr. Sam,
who always took care of me. She was about the same age as my mother. She had this wild, curly hair, and she always wore
these bright yellow flowery dresses. She was one of those doctors who, if you fell and you broke your arm, she would ask you why you weren’t laughing because it’s your humerus. Get it? See, you’d groan, but she’d always make you feel better
after having seen her. Well, we all have that childhood hero that we want to grow up
to be just like, right? Well, I wanted to be just like Dr. Sam. When I was eight,
my parents and I moved to the U.S., and ours became
the typical immigrant narrative. My parents cleaned hotel rooms
and washed dishes and pumped gas so that I could pursue my dream. Well, eventually I learned enough English, and my parents were so happy the day that I got into medical school
and took my oath of healing and service. But then one day, everything changed. My mother called me to tell me
that she wasn’t feeling well, she had a cough that wouldn’t go away,
she was short of breath and tired. Well, I knew that my mother was someone
who never complained about anything. For her to tell me
that something was the matter, I knew something had to be really wrong. And it was: We found out that she had
stage IV breast cancer, cancer that by then had spread
to her lungs, her bones, and her brain. My mother was brave,
though, and she had hope. She went through surgery and radiation, and was on her third round of chemotherapy when she lost her address book. She tried to look up her oncologist’s
phone number on the Internet and she found it,
but she found something else too. On several websites, he was listed as a highly paid
speaker to a drug company, and in fact often spoke on behalf of the same chemo regimen
that he had prescribed her. She called me in a panic, and I didn’t know what to believe. Maybe this was the right
chemo regimen for her, but maybe it wasn’t. It made her scared and it made her doubt. When it comes to medicine, having that trust is a must, and when that trust is gone,
then all that’s left is fear. There’s another side to this fear. As a medical student, I was taking care
of this 19-year-old who was biking back to his dorm when he got struck and hit, run over by an SUV. He had seven broken ribs, shattered hip bones, and he was bleeding inside
his belly and inside his brain. Now, imagine being his parents who flew in from Seattle,
2,000 miles away, to find their son in a coma. I mean, you’d want to find out
what’s going on with him, right? They asked to attend our bedside rounds where we discussed
his condition and his plan, which I thought was a reasonable request, and also would give us
a chance to show them how much we were trying
and how much we cared. The head doctor, though, said no. He gave all kinds of reasons. Maybe they’ll get in the nurse’s way. Maybe they’ll stop students
from asking questions. He even said, “What if they see mistakes and sue us?” What I saw behind every excuse
was deep fear, and what I learned
was that to become a doctor, we have to put on our white coats, put up a wall, and hide behind it. There’s a hidden epidemic in medicine. Of course, patients are scared
when they come to the doctor. Imagine you wake up
with this terrible bellyache, you go to the hospital, you’re lying in this strange place,
you’re on this hospital gurney, you’re wearing this flimsy gown, strangers are coming
to poke and prod at you. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t even know if you’re going to get
the blanket you asked for 30 minutes ago. But it’s not just patients who are scared; doctors are scared too. We’re scared of patients
finding out who we are and what medicine is all about. And so what do we do? We put on our white coats
and we hide behind them. Of course, the more we hide, the more people want to know
what it is that we’re hiding. The more fear then spirals
into mistrust and poor medical care. We don’t just have a fear of sickness, we have a sickness of fear. Can we bridge this disconnect between what patients need
and what doctors do? Can we overcome the sickness of fear? Let me ask you differently: If hiding isn’t the answer,
what if we did the opposite? What if doctors were to become
totally transparent with their patients? Last fall, I conducted
a research study to find out what it is that people want
to know about their healthcare. I didn’t just want to study
patients in a hospital, but everyday people. So my two medical students,
Suhavi Tucker and Laura Johns, literally took their research
to the streets. They went to banks,
coffee shops, senior centers, Chinese restaurants and train stations. What did they find? Well, when we asked people, “What do you want to know
about your healthcare?” people responded with what they want
to know about their doctors, because people understand health care to be the individual interaction
between them and their doctors. When we asked, “What do you
want to know about your doctors?” people gave three different answers. Some want to know
that their doctor is competent and certified to practice medicine. Some want to be sure
that their doctor is unbiased and is making decisions
based on evidence and science, not on who pays them. Surprisingly to us, many people want to know
something else about their doctors. Jonathan, a 28-year-old law student, says he wants to find someone
who is comfortable with LGBTQ patients and specializes in LGBT health. Serena, a 32-year-old accountant, says that it’s important to her
for her doctor to share her values when it comes to reproductive choice
and women’s rights. Frank, a 59-year-old
hardware store owner, doesn’t even like going to the doctor and wants to find someone
who believes in prevention first, but who is comfortable
with alternative treatments. One after another,
our respondents told us that that doctor-patient relationship
is a deeply intimate one — that to show their doctors their bodies and tell them their deepest secrets, they want to first understand
their doctor’s values. Just because doctors
have to see every patient doesn’t mean that patients
have to see every doctor. People want to know
about their doctors first so that they can make an informed choice. As a result of this, I formed a campaign, Who’s My Doctor? that calls for total
transparency in medicine. Participating doctors voluntarily disclose on a public website not just information
about where we went to medical school and what specialty we’re in, but also our conflicts of interest. We go beyond
the Government in the Sunshine Act about drug company affiliations, and we talk about how we’re paid. Incentives matter. If you go to your doctor
because of back pain, you might want to know he’s getting paid
5,000 dollars to perform spine surgery versus 25 dollars to refer you
to see a physical therapist, or if he’s getting paid the same thing
no matter what he recommends. Then, we go one step further. We add our values
when it comes to women’s health, LGBT health, alternative medicine, preventive health,
and end-of-life decisions. We pledge to our patients
that we are here to serve you, so you have a right to know who we are. We believe that transparency
can be the cure for fear. I thought some doctors would sign on
and others wouldn’t, but I had no idea of the huge backlash
that would ensue. Within one week of starting
Who’s My Doctor? Medscape’s public forum and several online doctors’ communities had thousands of posts about this topic. Here are a few. From a gastroenterologist in Portland: “I devoted 12 years of my life
to being a slave. I have loans and mortgages. I depend on lunches from
drug companies to serve patients.” Well, times may be hard for everyone, but try telling your patient making 35,000 dollars a year
to serve a family of four that you need the free lunch. From an orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte: “I find it an invasion of my privacy
to disclose where my income comes from. My patients don’t disclose
their incomes to me.” But your patients’ sources of income
don’t affect your health. From a psychiatrist in New York City: “Pretty soon we will have to disclose
whether we prefer cats to dogs, what model of car we drive, and what toilet paper we use.” Well, how you feel
about Toyotas or Cottonelle won’t affect your patients’ health, but your views
on a woman’s right to choose and preventive medicine
and end-of-life decisions just might. And my favorite,
from a Kansas City cardiologist: “More government-mandated stuff? Dr. Wen needs to move
back to her own country.” Well, two pieces of good news. First of all, this is meant to be
voluntary and not mandatory, and second of all, I’m American
and I’m already here. (Laughter) (Applause) Within a month, my employers
were getting calls asking for me to be fired. I received mail
at my undisclosed home address with threats to contact
the medical board to sanction me. My friends and family urged me
to quit this campaign. After the bomb threat, I was done. But then I heard from patients. Over social media, a TweetChat, which I’d learned what that was by then, generated 4.3 million impressions, and thousands of people wrote
to encourage me to continue. They wrote with things like, “If doctors are doing something
they’re that ashamed of, they shouldn’t be doing it.” “Elected officials have to disclose
campaign contributions. Lawyers have to disclose
conflicts of interests. Why shouldn’t doctors?” And finally, many people wrote and said, “Let us patients decide what’s important
when we’re choosing a doctor.” In our initial trial, over 300 doctors have taken
the total transparency pledge. What a crazy new idea, right? But actually, this is not
that new of a concept at all. Remember Dr. Sam, my doctor in China, with the goofy jokes and the wild hair? Well, she was my doctor, but she was also our neighbor who lived in the building
across the street. I went to the same school as her daughter. My parents and I trusted her because we knew who she was
and what she stood for, and she had no need to hide from us. Just one generation ago,
this was the norm in the U.S. as well. You knew that your family doctor
was the father of two teenage boys, that he quit smoking a few years ago, that he says he’s a regular churchgoer, but you see him twice a year:
once at Easter and once when his mother-in-law
comes to town. You knew what he was about, and he had no need to hide from you. But the sickness of fear has taken over, and patients suffer the consequences. I know this firsthand. My mother fought
her cancer for eight years. She was a planner, and she thought a lot
about how she wanted to live and how she wanted to die. Not only did she sign advance directives, she wrote a 12-page document
about how she had suffered enough, how it was time for her to go. One day, when I was a resident physician, I got a call to say that she was
in the intensive care unit. By the time I got there,
she was about to be intubated and put on a breathing machine. “But this is not what she wants,”
I said, “and we have documents.” The ICU doctor looked at me in the eye, pointed at my then 16-year-old
sister, and said, “Do you remember when you were that age? How would you have liked to grow up
without your mother?” Her oncologist was there too, and said, “This is your mother. Can you really face yourself
for the rest of your life if you don’t do everything for her?” I knew my mother so well. I understood what
her directives meant so well, but I was a physician. That was the single hardest
decision I ever made, to let her die in peace, and I carry those words
of those doctors with me every single day. We can bridge the disconnect between what doctors do
and what patients need. We can get there,
because we’ve been there before, and we know that transparency
gets us to that trust. Research has shown us
that openness also helps doctors, that having open medical records, being willing to talk
about medical errors, will increase patient trust, improve health outcomes, and reduce malpractice. That openness, that trust, is only going to be more important as we move from the infectious
to the behavioral model of disease. Bacteria may not care so much
about trust and intimacy, but for people to tackle
the hard lifestyle choices, to address issues like smoking cessation, blood-pressure management
and diabetes control, well, that requires us to establish trust. Here’s what other transparent
doctors have said. Brandon Combs, an internist in Denver: “This has brought me
closer to my patients. The type of relationship I’ve developed — that’s why I entered medicine.” Aaron Stupple, an internist in Denver: “I tell my patients
that I am totally open with them. I don’t hide anything from them. This is me. Now tell me about you. We’re in this together.” May Nguyen, a family physician in Houston: “My colleagues are astounded
by what I’m doing. They ask me how I could be so brave. I said, I’m not being brave, it’s my job.” I leave you today with a final thought. Being totally transparent is scary. You feel naked, exposed and vulnerable, but that vulnerability, that humility, it can be an extraordinary benefit
to the practice of medicine. When doctors are willing
to step off our pedestals, take off our white coats, and show our patients who we are
and what medicine is all about, that’s when we begin
to overcome the sickness of fear. That’s when we establish trust. That’s when we change
the paradigm of medicine from one of secrecy and hiding to one that is fully open and engaged for our patients. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Leana Wen: What your doctor won’t disclose

  1. 100% of my clients come to me via word-of-mouth. They never even twitch about my fee because they understand my values through my transparency. I am also very up-front about my NOT being an MD because I would never limit myself in that manner. (I am a PhD and my clients love the fact that I teach them how their bodies work.) This presentation is right on the mark. Thank you my lovely sister!!

  2. Everything is getting wrecked. By whom? You're not allowed to say. The news, The politic, the law, medicine, culture, and basic Western belief in the common law is all under attack.

  3. Medical "doctors" hide behind their white coats because they are trained to push pills and sell surgeries that may not be even needed at all to make them tons of money.
    They are not trained to heal and they have no idea about health.
    They know a lot about pills though. That's what they learn in medical schools. The chemical poison that will make you sick and even dead.
    They know it and that's why they hide who they are: they hide the emptiness, indifference and a cold heart under that white coat

  4. Bravo delivery. Trust is indeed the antidote to fear which leads to second guessing and non-compliance. I don't know how many doctors admit they get to walk away from their mistakes but the patient cannot. However, where has this innovation gone? Where is the data? Who are these "transparent" doctors? How has this made a difference in patients and doctors outcomes? How to find these transparent doctors? The web site has the pledge, some endorsements then nothing. Four years later this seems to be a meaningful and inspirational nothing burger. Too bad.

  5. After watching this the first time I went to my new doctor (having moved more than 1000kms recently) and asked those questions and she was happy to tell me all about herself. I felt better, I felt I could trust her, I knew her stance on issues that are important to me. I now literally trust her with my life, or in my case my death as she discovered I have MS. If a doctor isn't doing anything he shouldn't why does he care if I want to know about him? If I can ask those questions about my babysitter, why can't I ask him? The moral of the story is to just ask your doctor. If he won't answer, don't come back. Doctors are a service industry, vote with your feet, they'll soon get the message when they can't buy that new car. Leana Wen, you did the right thing for your mother, ( I know because I'm a Mum and I'm dying), and you are definitely doing good work, keep it up.

  6. Stop the car! Doctors can get paid by drug companies? WTF? Seriously! WTF? Drug companies are the biggest part of what's broken with the US health care system. They are literally killing us. We learn about their lies and dishonest business practices on the regular. Don't we pay people to keep this from happening? Oh yes. They get paid by the drug companies too.

  7. I think doctors should disclose any financial relationships with surgical companies, pharmaceutical companies etc and shouldn't fear a reporting mechanism. I doubt, however, that this is a major contributor to poor care and mortality in the US. I think it is a part of a bigger issue in our care, which is that we know virtually nothing about our doctors when we choose them.
    What happens in the doctors office is ultimately a result of what both the doctor and the patient bring to the relationship, including not only symptoms but beliefs, communication, prior experiences, expectations, and numerous other factors. Unfortunately sometimes a physicians views and a patients views are not compatible and we end up with a tough working situation for everyone. I believe doctors and patients can have a better relationship and better health outcomes if they know more about each other. I am working on this project here, DocMatch / Home (http://docmatch.com) if anyone wants to check it out.

  8. I am a doctor and have always cared about my patients, its why I do what I do. I work 60+ hours a week an do a lot of research on top. I love it. This video makes me very angry. It makes me want to quit medicine. This is very disturbing..

  9. Anyone in any willing relationship that doesent want transparency has something to hide. Especially when….wait wait…..

    exactly what is important in this dynamic is transparency got all this backlash?

  10. It’s too sad that in 4 years, this idea has made little progress, but given the blowback from doctors perhaps not surprising. Historical insular arrogance of the medical community parades on.

  11. Good topic. The video could be done without your political "conflict of interest" of promoting the choice to kill your own babies and the mentioning of LGBTQ several times. Half the population still know that it is killing a human, and the fact that there are only two gender types in every chromosome of a human body – X or Y. Can you trust your doctor to tell you those truths?

  12. 10:46 That was a massive lie that "Lawyers have to disclose conflicts of interest". Fact is that lawyers often make secret payments to judges, sometimes for 're-election' (wink). The salary incentive fund for divorce judges grows bigger when they separate fathers from children. Where is your video on divorce judges? (and divorce lawyers) who are a thousand times more corrupt than money controlled doctors.

  13. Just checking in to bash on the most respected profession. There are a lot of uneducated people commenting about physicians and have no idea what they are talking about. As a second year medical student is great to know some people are all ready going to think I only care about money and not people. Go get a life people and quit saying all doctors are bad!

  14. matthew chapter 18 verse 6 but whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea

  15. She's the new president of Planned Parenthood. I'd honestly like to know what she thinks about this documentary about selling fetuses… It has shocked me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw2xi9mhmuo&list=PLj9CPx8LnlqqytWFwUeXo7naj0oRae8dC&index=1

  16. Thank you so much for your talk. You talk about fear of being in a regular hospital.as a professional have intense fear now of even seeing any doctor after being traumatized by being hospitalized in a locked psychiatric hospital many times. I was abused by staff and other patients. I have now lost everything.

  17. I just went to the website whosmydoctor.com and it does not exist. A great idea in theory, however it is unlikely to be realized due to Big Pharma and the God complex that most doctors have.

  18. The only reason you should ever go to a doctor is for some broken bone so they can set it….or stabilize yourself after a heart attack …Everything else I would treat it yourself..You would have just as good of luck if not better doing your own healthcare alone.

  19. Careful, she is the president of planned parenthood, and her company murders thousands a year not to mention seels fetal tissue for millions whoops

  20. 5 minutes in and this "doctor" can't get to the point. Tedex has become this training ground for wannabe speakers looking for mindless applause at everyone's expense.

  21. Showing a stranger ones own vulerable belly is something an animal would simply refuse, so you are right, we want to have a trustfull relation with our doctors 🙂 But Dear. Mr. Wen, if you are suprised about receiving death treats for beeing to honest and daring – learn more about psychopaths. Since the doctors white coat and good reputation gives a lot of power over people psychopaths are naturally attracted to this profession 🙂

  22. The Fetus Traffickers For Cannabilsm Are a Commited By Illegal Aliens,FBI Most WNted Massacres Indusguised aka: ISIS Fugitives Swine pig’s Jasmine Phanthouvong Alias(Dr. Leanna Wen,Myleene Klass,Lisa Page,Dr. Judy Ho),Barbeque Becky Jennifer Shultz aka(Bou Kantaphone),Kamala Harris,Premilla Jayapal aka(Angela Hernandez). Check Senomyx,Planned Parenthood Pay 2 Play Security,Wire,Bank,Credit,Tax Frauds. And list the iSIS Fugitive Swine Pigs Body Counts @ Planned Parenthoood.

  23. she preaches it is essential to be unbias yet her own bias's are apparent. she only mentions "a woman's right to chose" and the lgbq community about 10 times in this presentation. such a shame.

  24. I'm watching this video ( Saturday Feb 16th 2019 ) It's been over four years since Dr. Wen's video was posted. I can only wonder how far it went and if any doctors changed their attitudes concerning her topic (s) ? I was never sick I am about to turn 62 and not long ago I begin to feel unlike my normal self, I had a sore throat then a cough then couldn't breath.. I had no insurance and no money and I was afraid to admit I was scared and obviously ill… I finally went to the ER I ended up going to the ER 5 times over the next year… a few times were less then a week apart.. Ended up I had walking pneumonia, COPD, a serious low sodium issue due to the infection in my lungs and my stomach now felt strange… well I am now over a year past that first ER visit and haven't yet been given a diagnoses… I do finally have a primary care doctor that I have seen twice…she has me on blood pressure medication, a inhaler and still I haven't been told what it is I have or why I feel so bad much of the time… I started having serious panic attacks shortly after my first night of waking up feeling like I couldn't breath…and I am unable to sleep a full night …ever… I know I this seems long winded but my point is… why would it take this long to figure out why i am not my self why have I not been given something to help me relax to sleep and why does it appear that my doctor and the system is more worried about how they ca get paid then they are about me knowing what is making me ill and what I am to expect from my future if I have one.. ???? I think this is what Dr. Wen is talking about…the full circle of treatment and the patients seems to be left out of the loop.. completely. No money… little to no healthcare…money and you risk being fleeced ! Is there no way the system can work for both sides ?

  25. One of the biggest problems concerning the practice of medicine is that doctors don't listen to their patients. If a patients says they are in pain or can't sleep most doctors say little to nothing and make another appointment for 6 weeks down the road and say… we'll see what happens…see you in six weeks while the patient goes home and spends the next six weeks, unable to sleep in pain and wondering should I get a new doctor… this one isn't helping me at all. The cycle continues, no diagnoses and little to no actual treatment. But the billings come along like clock work.

  26. The amount of times I've been passed around from doctor to doctor, none of them want to take responsibility if something goes wrong. The term "courage in your convictions" seems to be none existent

  27. Agreed, compatibility matters to both. Whosmydoctor is just brilliant solution, i always wonder if theres anyway to find out about the doctor's view/ stand point first before i go visit them. I dont ask them to be angel or saint, i just want to know if we are compatible.
    I had bad experiences…There was once a female doctor who obviously has different view on women reproduction from me and treat me like a trash

  28. This talk is so underrated.I hope medical n pharmaceutical industry will see this disruption from positive pov and adapt to the change, to be better and be more honest. Because i agreed 100% that compatibility matters for both patient and doctor. Brave Dr.Wen 👏✊

  29. The sickest individuals on the planet are traditional western doktors. The second most sickest? The hospitals and lawyers who protect them. I have been damaged far more by our corrupt medical system, and the ensuing treatment, than the injuries or illnesses for which I sought treatment. I am one of millions who will never go to another traditional doktor, because I have found better Naturopathic help using whole foods and supplements.

  30. "We are here to serve you", so if you want homeopathy or Acupuncture for your cancer, sure thing customer!!

  31. Doctors are part of a whole medicine / Financial / media / medical schooling / government controlling complex that is too greedy to even think about, controlled by uber-rich Oligarchy families. I stay as far away as possible, and it has made all the difference.

  32. Now this woman runs Planned Parenthood, an organization that kills hundreds of thousands of babies every year.

  33. As head of Planned Parenthood,to further the cause of transparency among doctors please answer the following questions; Do babies feel pain during the abortion process? Do your clinics have abortion quotas that they are expected to meet? Do you supply baby parts to researchers in either the public or private sector? Do you receive funds from these same organizations? Has Planned Parenthood ever targeted minorities? Please describe Planned Parenthood's relationship with the Democratic Party. Do you have any compassion at all for the hundreds of thousands of babies killed by Planned Parenthood each year, or the psychologically damaged girls and women you prey upon?

  34. I am having trouble imagining Dr Sam telling you puns about your humerus when you knew very little English.

  35. Healthcare is about making money. A lot of doctors are in it for the money and make the ones that care, look bad.

  36. I've always thought it was interesting that financial planners have to disclose conflicts of interests, doctors should have to do the same.

  37. I don’t trust doctors at all. They are taught very little about nutrition. Nutrition is vital for health. All they know is toxic drugs that suppress symptoms. When challenged they cover their ignorance with a show of arrogance.

  38. Good for you. Time and time again I have doctors that actually talk with me a couple minutes and rush out without listening to me. Other doctors have told me that me listening to my body has saved my life (when other doctors wouldn't listen).

  39. I wonder if similar nonsense occurs in other countries? Countries with a universal healthcare scheme in place, for example.

  40. I told my doctor I had tinnitus. My doctor ignored me, went on writing down blood pressure data, pulse rate. I kept telling my doctor I had tinnitus and asked if anything could be done about it. My doctor ignored me, kept listening to my heart, my bowl, writing down data on a chart. My doctor didn’t even recognize that I had spoke. I couldn’t tell if she even heard me. She wouldn’t look in my eyes, or recognize I was a human, not a bag of bones and protoplasm poured into a coating of skin. Every time I visited her the response was the same. She just ignored me. I became frustrated, so I constructed a small box about 2 x 1 inches, and 1/2 inch thick, which generated the same sound I heard from my tinnitus. Two high-pitched tones, 9750 Hz, and 9730 Hz. Which mix and match, into and out of resonance. Next time I went to see the doctor I hid this box in my shirt pocket, which was on the counter. My shirt was off. Just before the doctor came in the room I turned the box on. She entered the room, didn’t look at me, sat down and began scribbling on my chart. After 30 seconds she looked up, asked, “what’s that noise?” My response was, “I hear that noise all the time, 24/7, continuously. I can’t sleep, it’s so loud and obnoxious.” She continued writing on the chart. A minute later she looked up, studied the air-conditioning ducts, thermostat, water faucet. Then returned to writing, paying no attention to me. Then she let out an exclamation, “oh, I can’t stand it. That’s so obnoxious. If I heard that all the time I’d put an ice pick through my head.” I asked, “are you recommending I put an ice pick through my head to cure tinnitus?” She replied, “might be an idea.” I immediately left that doctor.

  41. Thank you for your bravery & initiative. Patients need transparency & full disclosure from their doctors so trust can be established. Thank you so much!

  42. If your doctor repeatedly does not cooperate with your wishes and interest, or when they answer you with any
    kind of optimism with out explaining there position in a way you can understand, you need to seek
    another doctor. Specialist don't do this.

  43. It is clear that Dr. Wen is a very caring physician. Unfortunately, medicine is more of a business than helping people these days, partly due to our litigious society. Many doctors in medicine have already left medicine for they could not practice medicine the way they wanted to. Some doctors are currently practicing medicine "naked", meaning without any malpractice insurance. Medicine will evolve. Automation and AI will take over. Surgeries and radiology film analysis are already being done by robots. Dr. Wen can provide help for people via internet in her own health information center or start her own health newsletter, providing health information . Some doctors are already practicing family medicine online. Just google it.

  44. I see, Dr. Lean Wen is now the Director of Planned Parenthood. There will always be a place for some one who is willing to take a chance in USA. Dr. Lean Wen will be part of the evolution of medicine. Check our what she's already done: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leana_Wen

  45. Every doctor ive ever seen have been worthless…
    Me: my head hurts.
    Dr. : You're fat.. Here's a $150 bill.
    Me: i broke my leg.
    Dr. : You're fat.. Here's a $300 bill.
    Me: Hello Doctor
    Dr. : You're fat.

  46. The medical field puts down chiropractors and other holistic practitioners that actually help heal a patient. This is the reason insurance companies don't cover or severely limit holistic treatments. It's a damnation to the needy patient !!!

  47. I'm a doc but never made the profession. If things go in that way it's not because the big Farma or wathever , every doc is part of the problem. This little woman is delicious.

  48. What greatly contributes to this problem as well is that we're such a litigious society. It might be less so now, but a good many patients for a long time didn't know that doctors and health care scientists are trying to do their best, rational, most intelligent and educated guesswork. The learning never ceases!!

  49. She ought to go back to China. They have much worse healthcare problems than the US does. They could use her more.

  50. Most Americans refuse to even listen to any of the scams that are being perpetrated on them with the support of our criminal governments! They've been taught that such talk is "conspiracy theories" even when evidence is present to the contrary right before their eyes. It's frustrating and saddening simultaneously.

  51. You go to get treatment or advice but the doctors will become a politicians if you rate them on what they do in their private life. Maybe you want a vegan, pro-life and climate change believer to treat your flu or cut finger. Anyone remember the dentist who was protested for shooting a rare animal.

  52. I am the person in charge of my primary care. I go for a physical once a year because medicare requires it!! I'm not sure I trust doctor and I know I don't trust the Insurance Industry, cause it's all about their bottom line!

  53. Irony:
    Just fired as President of Planned Parenthood for over-emphisizing birth control and women's health, over abortion…

  54. i watched this after learning that she was ousted by planned parenthood. this talk clearly shows who is evil, who is not. this doctor is blessed.

  55. Planned Parenthood kicked her to the curb…..I guess they didn't like her medical ethics?  I guess she found out what PP was really about.

  56. I’ve been trying to find some sort of information on what happened to this site for the past 30 minutes. Literally cannot find anything. ????

  57. Excellent, thank god there are a few rays of light in a field that's gone increasingly dark over the past 30 years. Responsible alternative medicine (now making its way into allopathic realms partly via "functional medicine doctors") and patients taking personal responsibility are huge factors keeping some of us protected from the mainstream medicine gestapo.
    And in support of the many good and well-intentioned people working in the allopathic medical field, see an article worth reading at bralowmedicalgroup(dot)com / whos-your-doctor. Undoubtedly there are others, this is just one I found after doing a search for Dr Wen's site.

  58. I am on Medicare and Medicaid or medical assistance, hence nearly a charity case or too poor to buy insurance or that welfare patient. I have had excellent and biased or poor medical care in which one Dr. Told me to fire my regular Dr. As he was not giving me the quality of care I needed. Another Dr. Took me from another Dr. To give me better quality of care. Now I am dealing with a quandry again.

  59. Your story sounds so familiar..Thank you for sharing!!!!!!..I do not buy into most medical practices today..They are so barbaric and much to expensive..And why would someone want to pay huge money for a pharmaceutical drug that comes loaded with side effects..And here is the biggy..Lets say I go to the hospital and I have to stay for 2 or 3 days..The total cost could be as much as I make in a whole year..Not that I'm NOT grateful for the help I received but let that cost sink in for a minute..Keep thinking!!!..And here is an even bigger biggy..I don't see anyone doing anything about it..

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