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Female Doctors vs. Male Doctors

I was watching a short informational video that contrasted female doctors with male doctors regarding efficacy and rate of pay. It said that female physicians may provide better care than their male counterparts, despite getting paid on average 8% less than the male doctors.

According to a Medicare study of more than 1,000,000 elderly patients who were admitted to hospitals, the patients who had female doctors had lower mortality rates and fewer readmissions. Medicare estimates that 32,000 fewer patients would die under a woman doctor's care.

Why? The women were more likely to practice evidence-based care and more patient-centered care. Female physicians also perform as well or better than male physicians on standardized exams. And yet they make 8% less in salary, on average.

So, the video concluded with this question: "Do you think female physicians deserve equal pay?"

My answer to this? No, they DON'T deserve equal pay. IF THEY ARE BETTER, THEY DESERVE BETTER PAY. Doesn't that make sense?

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cmoneyspinner wrote on May 22, 2017, 10:31 PM

There are more men doctors than female doctors I guess. But I really liked most of the female doctors that I have had: for myself and for my children.

AliCanary wrote on May 23, 2017, 3:56 AM

I always choose a woman doctor when I can. Female doctors understand my female body much better, of course, and they also are very good at listening and explaining things well.

MegL wrote on May 23, 2017, 8:47 AM

You make a very good point there. But equal pay would do well until they bring in performance pay!

Bensen32 wrote on May 23, 2017, 7:19 PM

Well, I think if you do a better job you should be getting better pay. As for male of female, personally I prefer a female doctor, they seem to take more time and really listen to what you have to say than guess at what your issue is. At least that has been my experience.
I guess the pay issue can be found in all jobs though. So I have seen females making more but if you look enough you will see they get the short end of the stick quite often. Another thing to think about is did they just take what they were offered or did they negotiate for better pay? I know in my last two jobs I negotiated for more than they were offering, but I know a lot of people that don't do that, they just take what they are offered.

AliCanary wrote on May 24, 2017, 4:14 AM

It would definitely be a step in the right direction! What blew my mind was that it didn't even seem to occur to the people who produced the video to even suggest better pay.

AliCanary wrote on May 24, 2017, 4:19 AM

I agree with you about female doctors! I will always pick a woman, if I get a choice. It is true that part of the reason women get lower pay is that we are unaware that we can negotiate, or we are aware of it but don't feel comfortable--boys are more likely to be encouraged to be competitive and assertive, where girls are discouraged. We need to do a better job making sure that girls and women understand their value and understand that negotiating for more pay is not being "rude" or "greedy"--it's expected.

AliCanary wrote on May 24, 2017, 4:20 AM

By the way, I'm glad to see you are still here! Thanks for visiting my post :)

Sylvia13 wrote on May 25, 2017, 2:53 PM

I completely agree with you!

Kasman wrote on May 25, 2017, 3:37 PM

Leaving aside the question of pay I can only give my opinion. I much prefer a woman doctor to a man. I find them to be more caring and not so inclined to fob a patient off with yet another dose of whatever medication is the current 'in' thing. At my family doctor's practice there is an equal number of male and female doctors yet when making an appointment I always ask for one of women doctors. My wife is of the same opinion. I'm not saying that male doctors are less caring than female doctors but at times it certainly comes across that way!

Kasman wrote on May 25, 2017, 3:38 PM

Even though I am a man my first choice would also be a female doctor.

Bensen32 wrote on May 26, 2017, 8:18 AM

Thank you, Yea..I been gone a while and decided it was time to come back.

AliCanary wrote on May 28, 2017, 12:39 AM

Thank you! Seems like in work, pay should certainly be commensurate with ability.

AliCanary wrote on May 28, 2017, 12:43 AM

Many studies have shown that female doctors take more time, take care to answer questions fully, and DEFINITELY listen better. I don't know if this happens to male patients, but male doctors can be a bit dismissive to female patients. I think going to a male doctor for male-specific things would make sense, but after receiving what was probably a completely unnecessary (and incredibly painful) D&C procedure at the age of 23 just because I had an abnormal pap smear, I was more than happy to switch to a female OB-GYN and never looked back!

VinceSummers wrote on August 4, 2017, 8:11 AM

Life under man-rule is, and will always be, unjust. It's the nature of the beast. Not that I'm saying one should roll over and die. Just expect everywhere you'll turn injustice will be there. I see it, I know.

AliCanary wrote on August 5, 2017, 6:18 PM

A lot of it is so institutionalized that people don't even realize it. It's good to point it out, I think. Even if that doesn't change things in and of itself, it might make people think first and not be so quick to fall into the usual patterns, thus setting the stage for change. For example, gay marriage had been considered unthinkable, but soon it will be just as normal as interracial marriage, which was also considered unthinkable. Progress does get made, if one continues to strive for it.