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Pay Gap Confirmed: Male Physicians Earn More

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 3, 2011

Regardless, there has to be further, detailed study into what they have begun to find, the authors say, opening the door for "new considerations for medical institutions and policy makers."

Future research would benefit from a "more detailed understanding of the specific job characteristics," Gerber says. In that way, it could be determined whether "this compensation disparity truly reflects differences in the jobs themselves, or other forces at play in the labor market."

In the wake of healthcare reform, it is more important than ever to know more about the physician labor force, says Lo Sasso, not only for physicians themselves, but overall patient care.


Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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2 comments on "Pay Gap Confirmed: Male Physicians Earn More"


Randy (2/3/2011 at 4:15 PM)
I must respectfully disagree with Rosalie. At least in the medical world, wage is almost always tied to production based on professional fees. It is also a fact that women frequently (and with good reason) ask for more flexibility in working arrangements. This will always translate into lower productivity based on fewer patient contacts. This is not prejudice...just the facts.

Rosalie (2/3/2011 at 1:06 PM)
In ever job men are paid more and I don't see why. Both sexes are doing the same thing and performing at the same level and in many cases men are shown a preference while women need to prove themselves. Across the board it should be equal pay and if it is not that company should be fined. Healthcare companies are government funded there salary records should be audited.