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    Default Women doctors earning less than men but their patients do better

    Women doctors' patients seem to do better than male doctors' patients. And yet women doctors earn less than men doctors.

    Hmm. Could it be that the women doctors who probably take more time with each patient aren't able to earn as much as the male doctors, who may briskly see each patient through and get on to the next one?

    My experience over the years has been that women doctors usually take a bit more time, listen more attentively and take my concerns more seriously than the men doctors but there have been exceptions.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/pa...reated-by-men/



    An earlier thread about this:

    http://www.braintalkcommunities.org/...men-at-the-job
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    I would much rather see a woman doctor than a man. The only exception is the one that I have now because my Primary Care Physician left and they gave me another woman who I do not like at all. She does not care to take up any time with her patients. At the very same time my Neurologist left and now all I have there is a Nurse/Practitioner which would be fine, but he does not follow through with getting prescriptions signed and to you. My Neurologist never, in 16 years made me wait for a prescription.

    Feel like I am flying in the dark when it comes to my Doctors right now. Please folks don't bother to tell me to change - I am on Medicare and many, many Doctors in this area do not take Medicare. The few that do you had to have been with them before you went on Medicare and even some of them are dropping Medicare patients.
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    I know what you mean, Virginia. I'm clinging to my doctors. One who left did refer her patients on to a list of several other doctors at the same location, and I was lucky enough to find one who would take me.

    With the whole medical care system in danger of being dismantled, I'm guessing that Medicare or Medicaid patients are less popular than ever. Unfortunately.
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    That's been my fear, that Medicare will collapse, or docs won't take it. (All docs here take it, maybe cuz of an ageing Floriea population?)
    Especially looking at an EOB yesterday. Doc billed for 40 minutes and they only allowed for about $145 for him. How is that a sustainable fee? And the time his office spends with Rx and test orders, and pre auths, GEESH.

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    What happened to equal pay for equal work?

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    What happened to equal pay for equal work?
    That's a myth,or a pipe dream. They talk about it, but don't follow through.

    I like the female MS specialist I saw in 2007 a whole lot better than the male one I've been seeing lately. It's like he doesn't take me seriously. I'm going to go back to the female one as soon as I can.
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    I was DXed by a female Neuro-Optho. She was great. I was in Pinky, it was a Saturday and her new office was closed, yet she met me, complemented Pinky, took me inside to her new office, then gave me the results of the blood tests and MRI which lit up like a Christmas tree. She told me, and I laughed because the other options of the tests and MRI seemed much worse. 19 years ago, and I still walk, and drive. I can't complain.

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    I was dx by a female neuro who didn't tell me the whole story. She tried to tell me I had a mild case in spite of the fact that my MRI showed a heavy disease burden. 19 years later I still walk, but not as far as I used to. The residual double vision from the major attack that got me dx'd is the reason I gave up my driver's license. I wouldn't be able to handle it if I hit someone.

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    I've been through a few neuros but all were male. My last 3 primary care doctors have all been women, and they are the ones I go to for medical problems of almost any kind.

    I didn't go out of my way to get women doctors. I just happened to get them. They turned out to be quite good, all of them.
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    Yes, I feel like I have gotten better care from female doctors, more likely to take my concerns about sx more seriously/professionally. YMMV

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