Women doctors are paid less than men, and new research refutes the conventional wisdom that they work less.
In fact, female doctors spend more time with patients, order more tests, and discuss treatment more than their male counterparts, the New England research team reported. “This raises the question of whether we are paying for what really matters to us in healthcare,” says Ishani Ganguli, a specialist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham Hospital.
Ganguly and his colleagues looked at data on the work of doctors from 24 million patient visits. “We calculated that women were paid 87 cents per dollar for men for every hour they worked. At the same time, women spent on average two minutes more on visiting a patient than men. Over time, everything develops into big differences, while the time is spent not on chatting, but on treatment, ”Ganguly said.