Gender Pay Gap for Doctors

The title of the article states That pesky gender pay gap exists for doctors too.   Of course, this is a MSNBC site and there is a left leaning agenda.  I really try to present both political sides here at authenticmedicine.com.  You will see that I use resources from both agendas on this website.  As many times that I use Wall Street Journal articles I will also use NYT or MSNBC or USA Today articles.  But today’s reference piece is particularly misleading.  The article talks about physician researchers.  Researchers!  It has nothing to do with the doctors who actually PRACTICE medicine.   Regular physicians bill for what they do.  This is usually in increments of relative value units.  We have to use very special coding system to send to the insurers to get paid for our services.  Any differences that male and female doctors get paid is due to them billing less because they did less work.   End of story.  You can debate that insurers should pay more for cognitive medicine or time spent with the patient, etc. but it doesn’t change the facts.

As far as researchers go, who knows if the methodology of this study is valid?  The lead author, Reshma Jagsi, is an associate professor and physician researcher at the University of Michigan Health System.  That fact that she is the one to “uncover” the possibility that income inequality exists in her own profession seems a little bit of a conflict of interest.  Isn’t that why we don’t regard Big Pharma research about their own drug to be so important?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Gender Pay Gap for Doctors

  1. Richard W. Mondak
    June 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Pesky? Where does this author got off invoking the name of Johnny (“The Needle”) Pesky? Oh… I guess I should read the entire article before further commentary.

    The title alone makes it sound like those clinicians who are “hands on” are the ones involved, when the article indicates it is more likely the “non-touchers” who are either corporate employees or those whose budget (including personal remuneration) is based on a monetary grant for an accepted research proposal and results (“some of my Wistar rats developed rare tumors when fed various amounts of THEIR drug but less so with the exciting new pharmaceutical discovery developed by the company for which I must disclose financial interest because of those pesky disclosure laws”).

  2. June 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    . Bless their hearts….

  3. James Hubbard
    June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

    The entire gender pay gap thing is so old. First of all, it is illegal to pay someone different because of gender. Also, any study that shows a pay inequality is shouted from the rooftops when the details and validity of the study itself are ignored.

  4. joel o
    June 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I’m a centrist kind of guy but MSNBC really sucks. Maybe too much Al Sharpton. Equally educated, trained and busy XX and XY make the same money.

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