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I Emailed My Doctor 133 Times: The Crisis In the British Healthcare System

Philosophy Tube | April 1, 2024
I Emailed My Doctor 133 Times: The Crisis In the British Healthcare System


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  1. @lilygibbs4749

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    This video is incredibly informative and well-written, but I really wanted to tell you that your doctors outfit with the shredded labcoat and scar over the eye is absolute 🔥

  2. @christabox5542

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    I 100% agree. Gender dysphoria exists in-so-far as the experiences of pain, depression and rage we feel is real.
    But, there is no such thing as a single definition of "gender dysphoria". It's different for us all. No one definition will include all trans people.

  3. @violetbunn6455

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    I’m a cis woman and I’m soon going to start asking to be sterilized. I know this probably won’t happen unless I somehow convince a psychiatrist to refer me. I feel for everyone who can’t or won’t (for external reasons) get the healthcare they need. I hope for all of us that the medical systems around the world will change so that we can do with our bodies as we choose. Sending much power and love to everyone on their journey.

  4. @laurenhofreiter4566

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    This is obviously not as serious as life-saving surgeries, but here in the states, where we pay for insurance, I have had to BEG AND PLEAD my GP to fill my meds on time.

    Without them I am at risk for passing out walking up the stairs. It takes me a full 10 minutes to get out of bed because I have to stand so slowly. And she was just like "lol oopsies 🤩". Birth control, migraine meds, and blood pressure medication that I need to function properly and they're so so so flippant with filling it on time. It's infuriating.

  5. @henryefry

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    The recording of "hell of a way to die" sounds very similar to the one used by the podcast What a hell of a way to die, whose producer also produces a podcast about James bond movies.

  6. @StormEyes1991

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    I'm waiting for a gynae surgery. I have been waiting since August, when I went through pre-op to get a letter telling me the date of my surgery.

    I haven't got it yet. I have however received two texts asking me to confirm whether I want to remain on the list.


    YES!!!! Do you have any 🤬 idea how hard I had to fight to get my surgery despite me bleeding to death, literally I'm seriously anaemic and have been on iron for four years so I don't die.

    Yes, I need my 🤬 uterus out.

  7. @refreshazure

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    USA PA i walk into the doc office who had informed consent explain my gender dysphoria to her got blood work done and week later had my HRT it was that easy and need to be that easy for every one,

  8. @jonathanravenhilllloyd2070

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    Three years ago a friend kept trying to get an appointment.

    After months of trying he was so concerned about how he felt, he went to A&E.

    They told him he had cancer and would have had a chance to survive if it had been found three months earlier.

    He died.

  9. @AJforkids

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    idk if you know this but the east forest, while pretty, is a hellish climate, pnemoiatically cold some hours and heat exhautionly warm other hours. most of its residence do not regard it necessary to teach their children this, nor know how to aid them of common ailments of living in the forest, because native wisdom for this part is few and far between after they died of smallpox and since everyone just avoid being outside instead of taking the time to learn how to live with her instead of against her. also school is primarily indoors, like not even allowed to go outside.

  10. @HSR107

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    I self-medicated.

    Fortunately for Americans there are online medical services like Plume who will treat people by Internet and mail so no need to pay inflated prices and deal with customs to deal with off-shore pharmacies

    It's not cheap but, you know, it's the US.

  11. @lars8174

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    Comparing being trans to having chronic pain.. wtf. And also she starts crying crocodile tears to manipulate viewers. Jesus christ this person is disgusting

  12. @charlespark490

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    Yes Virginia, there is an Antichrist (suggestion for a topic)
    I absolutely love your well grounded, honest and analytic approach to topics that have become muddled with tribal invective and reactionary overreach that would give the Spanish inquisition pause to blush. That said, there is time honored tradition among all the oppressed to lie, cheat and steal their way to some degree of justice from a system that is designed to … well, oppress them. IMHO it is a totally justified way to be functional in a broken system.

    Consider the following examples that were against the law:
    "No mein Fuehrer, Anne Franke is not hiding in my attic. I don't know any jews at all."
    "Here's my Master's letter saying I should take his horse to his mother in Canada."
    "No, Dr. Fearmonger, it was an accidental miscarriage, brought on by a tragic knitting needle accident."
    "Of course, I'm not homosexual. Why would a Homosexual even want to be
    a. in the military
    b. work for the government
    c. Teach high school

    I bring this up because in your video, you said everyone lies on the interview to prevent being excluded from medical treatment. Yes it is humiliating, degrading and an opportunity for the oppressive system to assert their dominance over the oppressed. and Yes, it is also the goal to live our truths. But until the lion lays down with the lamb, and we are living in Martin Luther King's dreamworld, we need to teach our oppressed siblings to grab a slice of that dream like Malcom X said "by any means necessary."

    Remember the movie "War Games", they came to the conclusion that the only way to win is not to play. We can't win the oppression game So Until the NHS isn't actively oppressing the trans community, we get the medical treatments by creating an underground railroad to the treatments we need. Pretend to be Cis Man with ball pain, Find Dr Abolitionist who will lie and say you're a post menopausal cis woman who needs hormones or a Cis Man with low testosterone . it isn't ideal. but we're fighting for our lives

  13. @darkestlight660

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    My biggest problem with the analysis of this video is the dismissal of the hierarchy as a structure of institutions. And the dismissal of blame by reconciling them as "natural" or "instinctive".

    Why does blaming someone necessarily mean humans are inherently had or greedy? Someone being to blame doesnt at imply that. The argument used here is way to black and white for my liking.

    It also ignores another potential explanation, institutions as tools to control a population. Ill admit, im much more familiar with the American version of this mechanism, but fundamentally the argument should be similar.

    A modern government, theoretically, exists for its citizens sake. Lots of legal types insist upon a sort of "social contract", the government provides some sort of benefit and the people obey its laws and pay its taxes. When a government does not do this it is, mostly, considered a "bad" government. Of course, thats based entirely on perception, America could be considered good on this basis by a rich white asshole and bad by someome poor and black.

    The point is that whether a government fulfils this purpose depends on who you ask. It depends on "who is a citizen"? And "how many citizens do we have to benefit for it to count?"

    My argument is that institutions are either created explicitly for or are used by governments to help aid in this perception of benefit. They can also be used to genuinely try to help people: however, they fundamentally are not measured by aid, but by budgets.

    If it cannot be paid for, it is not done, regardless of how much good or bad it does. Some might argue thats a practical consideration but its not. Money is made up, and where its distributed is completely up to people, 100% of it.

    Some others might argue, "but people do complain and institutions still work!" That is because the material or symbolic benefit of the institution still favors the government.

    One example, lots and lots of people detest the american policing system, but the majority still tolerate or want police. Therefore the complaints can be ignored. Alternatively, the people complaining have no way to actually enforce the social contract, because it wasnt made FOR them.

    In America we see this with lobyiist, whether a law passes is significantly more dependent on what rich peiple prefer. To the point of impacting the chance of a law passing by upwards of 30-40%, versus zero to maybe 10% chance when the majority support a law.

    So then, when analyzing why an institution exists, and why its "failing", we have to ask, "is it?" Maybe in theory the NHS exists for ALL the people in the nation, but how are rates of richer people being seen? If the people who fundanentally have the "social contract" are satisfied it doesnt matter what everyone else does.

    Fundamentally, when we talk a about a "social contract", it isn't actually an agreement, implicit or explicit, between a government and it's people. It's an agreement between the government, and the people who could theoretically threaten the government's monopoly on violence but works within it and or people who materially benefit the government.

    Some people would balk at this, Malcom X was assassinated for being a threat, and that's because he was a threat, and unlike rich assholes- don't work within the system. Anyone who both threatens the system and is outside ACTUALLY threatens them. Anyone within it that does can just be assuaged by the system itself. This is why so many initially progressive systems are co opted, because the government can appease them, because they play by the rules.

    So what am I getting at? The NHS is only failing if it were legitimately used to improve the health of everyone. But if this social contract wasn't made with everyone, then it's not failing at all.

    Fundamentally this is a hierarchical structure, those that can threaten or benefit the system (within it) rise and see consumed, and everyone else is spit out at the bottom.

  14. @JulianoAssimila

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    I'm a cisgender straight white man in Brazil. At age 20 I tried to get a vasectomy at a private clinic. The doctor refused. I tried other doctors other times. Eventually I got argumentative with one of these doctors. I got him to admit he did not want me to get a vasectomy because to him fatherhood is too valuable and I could want kids someday. It was only at age 35 I found a private clinic who would take my money. So sometimes even with straight while male patients, the doctors will try to do what they want, not what the patient wants.

  15. @darknessguide3036

    April 1, 2024 at 9:55 am

    "Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment. The man thinks about it and then asks if he will be allowed to come in later on. “It is possible,” says the gatekeeper, “but not now.” The gatekeeper gives him a stool and allows him to sit down at the side in front of the gate. There he sits for days and years."

    Kafka, Before the Law

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