Experts say female doctors pay lower wages than male colleagues despite working longer hours.
The study, led by Dr. Ishani Ganguli of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on October 1.
“Suppose, if the male doctor was paid $ 1 per hour of examination, the female colleague would only earn 87 cents,” said Ms. Ganguli. One dollar is equivalent to 23,000 dong, while 87 cents is about 20,000 dong.
In the past, many people believed that the difference was due to physical fitness, ability or working time, but research shows that female doctors even spend a lot of time with their patients, conducting many tests. , prescribing and discussing more methods of care and treatment than male colleagues.
Dr. Ganguli’s team has reviewed data on the duty times and records of more than 24 million visits in the US since 2017. Accordingly, female doctors visit each patient two minutes longer than men. gender. The number may not sound like much, but it will increase with the number of hours on duty, Dr. Ganguli said. She also stressed that this is not because they are slow or ineffective.
“They prescribe more drugs, discuss specific diagnoses. They spend more time with each visit,” she said.
Other research has also shown that the patient’s condition improves with longer examination.
The gender pay gap in the hospital setting has long been a topic of discussion in the medical community. For example, the median monthly income gap between female and male orthopedic surgeons is nearly $ 41,000. For an oncologist or hematologist, this figure is about 38,000 USD.
X-rays are the only specialty where women are paid more than men. Their salary is about 2,000 USD more.
Molly Cooke, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, thinks that the persistent disparity is partly due to the complex nature of the academic environment, as well as the lack of transparency in some hospitals.
“Female doctors have to deal with social pressure, to be kind and considerate, and talk to their patients,” said Dr. Ganguli.
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