Superior Pay for Superior Female Doctors?
Ever since I was a college teacher back in the seventies I have been a advocate for women doctors. I remember trying to convince a particularly brilliant advisee that she should be a doctor rather than a nurse. My primary physician is a woman, and the surgeon for my upcoming surgery is a woman. So I was pleased to come across this article which told me I was correct all along.
The research is published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from Harvard University reviewed the records of 1,583,028 hospital visits among Medicare patients. Within 30 days of arriving at the hospital, rates of death and re-admission were significantly lower when the patient’s doctor was female.
This was true for people with medical conditions of all sorts and severities. The researchers tried to account for every variable; but ultimately all that was left was the finding that women are superior to men at treating these (65-and-older) patients in the hospital. The association held true even for patients who were randomly assigned to a physician when they arrived. People treated by a female had a 4 percent lower relative risk of dying and 5 percent lower relative risk of being admitted to the hospital again in the following month.I noticed that residency programs where very upset by Trump's travel ban. They have a big competition for these residencies, and there were thousands of applicants from the banned countries.
Now are we running a competition for the best, mostly male I suspect, future physicians from around the world, when in fact we may be neglecting a better source of future physicians, our own women.?