Jan 23, 2020

Gender pay gap among physicians is still a mystery

The gender pay gap among physicians is widening, and researchers are struggling to understand why the difference in the average starting pay is more than $36,000.

The data published in Health Affairs Wednesday was compiled from 1999-2017, showing the average starting compensation at $235,044 for men and $198,426 for women, with a larger gap in more recent years.

  • Still, about 60% of the unadjusted gap in starting salary could be from "differences in specialty and hours spent in patient care."

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Women in energy are far less represented than corporate average

Clean-suited worker at Pinella DOE plant in 1979 developing and producing neutron generators for nuclear weapons initiation. Photo: Time Life Pictures/Department Of Energy (DOE)/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Women have a higher level of underrepresentation in all levels of employment in companies in energy and related industries compared to other sectors.

Where it stands: About one-third of women in oil and gas, utilities and engineering jobs surveyed by consultancy McKinsey say they're usually the only woman in the room.

Medicare Advantage still leaves big out-of-pocket bills

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Seniors who have supplemental coverage for vision, dental and hearing benefits still pay a lot out of pocket for those services, according to a study published in Health Affairs this week.

By the numbers: Medicare beneficiaries with coverage overall still had out-of-pocket expenses that made up 70% of their dental spending, 62% of vision spending and 79% of hearing spending, per data taken from the 2016 Cost Supplement to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.

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