Female doctors get paid less than male doctors, but a new study shows it's not because they work less.
In fact, female doctors spend more time with patients, order more tests and spend more time discussing preventive care than their male counterparts, a team of researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
"That raises the question of whether we are paying for what we really care about in health care," said Dr. Ishani Ganguli, an internal medicine specialist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, who led the study team.
Ganguli and colleagues looked at billing and time data covering more than 24 million visits to primary care doctors in the US in 2017.
"We calculated that women were paid 87 cents to the dollar for every hour worked compared to their male colleagues," Ganguli told CNN.
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