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Patients may get better care from female doctors

Posted: 1:16 PM, Dec 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-21 15:15:45-05

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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