Health policy experts emphasize that the stresses female physicians face throughout their careers, including the pay gap, returning to medicine, and burnout, need to be addressed to prevent women from leaving the profession.
Male physicians in the United States receive higher general payments from the biomedical industry and are more likely to hold ownership interests in such companies compared with female physicians.
A report compared self-reported occupation, personal income, hours worked outside the home, and graduate education status between spouses of male vs female physicians.
Inherent biases cannot be completely eliminated as they are historic trends that continue to prevail.
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