Oprah Winfrey believes ‘you need a lot of opinion’ from doctors after a series of misdiagnoses, and says she ‘will never go to hospital on her own’
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Oprah Winfrey has shared about her experience with the US healthcare system, asserting that despite her privilege, being a celebrity, she is still affected by issues that affect so many other people.
Referring to her thyroid problem, the billionaire has been outspoken about misdiagnoses, racial inequities and inappropriate comments from doctors leading her to believe that “you need multiple opinions”. at the same time, adding that she “would never have entered the hospital on her own”.
Talk to LA era, Oprah began by acknowledging her celebrity privilege, saying, “Things change for you when you’re a celebrity. You get your doctor’s appointment. You don’t have to wait in line. You don’t have to deal with the overwhelming delay that other people have.
“And so I lived this life of privilege and convenience, and then had access to the best of health care.”
Oprah revealed, however, that she suffered from tachycardia for a year.
The mogul said she eventually met with a thyroid specialist, who, despite knowing who she was, told her: “Well, young lady, you just have to embrace your hunger, or else you will increase weigh a lot. “
The inappropriate comment led the 68-year-old to say that “you need opinions and you need someone to advocate for you.”
“I don’t care who you are. I would never go into the hospital alone,” she explained.
“Even as a famous, well-known person, I would never enter the hospital on my own. I will always have people with me, people who support me.
“It’s a tough, tough road to navigate on your own, especially if you’re sick.”
She added that it has completely changed the way she sees the patient-doctor relationship.
“I’ve done many shows (about) people talking to their doctors and can feel like you’re an equal partner with them in ensuring the best health treatment for themselves. That you need them and they need you to help them understand what’s really going on with you,” she said.
Oprah spoke ahead of the release of the documentary “Colors of Care” about racial inequality in the health system.
It explores challenges in the health care system, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and among bereaved families of color trying to access care before they pass away.
“As we continue to hear the racial disparities in our country are exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic, I feel the need to do something about it,” she added.
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