Female doctors might be saving more lives than their male counterparts.
But they get paid about 8 percent less .
Harvard researchers estimated 32,000 fewer Medicare patients would die each year if male doctors could achieve the same outcomes as female doctors.
The study compared more than a million hospital visits of elderly Medicare patients.
It showed patients treated by women had lower mortality rates and a lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
So what explains this disparity in care?
According to the researchers, "Female physicians are more likely to practice evidence-based medicine, perform as well or better on standardized examinations and provide more patient-centered care."
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