Pay women physicians equal pay for equal work

“Yes, there is a pay gap.  Female physicians do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians.  This is because they choose to, or simply don’t want to be rushed, or they don’t want to work long hours.  Most of the time, their priority is something else … family, social, whatever.  Nothing needs to be “done” about this unless female physicians actually want to work harder and put in the hours.  If not, they should be paid less.  That is fair.”

If you haven’t yet seen this quote from a physician that was recently (yes, not from 1950) published in a state medical journal, you probably will soon.  It’s blowing up on social media.

I’m not going to focus on who supplied this quote.  Truthfully, it doesn’t matter.  This attitude/belief is out there, and it’s not limited to one physician, or even to medicine as a profession.  I could tell you literally hundreds of anecdotes which counter this statement based on physicians I’ve talked to at this point, but I am going to contain myself, and just debunk this statement with facts.

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