Is your doctor male or female? No really it (probably) matters
Bottom Line: No amount of political correctness will ever change the fact that there are many differences between men and women. And that’s generally a good thing for society. In most aspects of life having balance results in better outcomes. But when it comes down to healthcare, it appears as though gender does generally impact outcomes. In a study of 1.6 million Medicare patients, published in the medical journal Jama Internal Medicine, the differences in outcomes based on the gender of the physician was significant. How so? What gender produced better results...
- Female physicians meaningfully outperformed male doctors with like outcomes including:
- Lower readmission rate
- Shorter hospitalization durations
- Lower death rates
That’s pretty compelling isn’t it? But why specifically? The researchers conducting the study observed that it starts early. The average female physicians outperform their male counterparts' academically and carry that into practice. Additionally, women are noted to communicate more effectively with patients and other medical staff aiding better outcomes. And the good news, for those who might be desirous of having the care of a female physician is that the next generation of doctors are mostly women. 60% of all physicians under 35 are women. That compares with only 35% of all active physicians who are female.
This isn’t to say ubiquitously that all women in medicine are better than men but what it does show is that when averaged out, you’d fair better with the average female physician.