Rebecca Watson wrote a new post, Female Doctors are More Likely to Save Your Life — But We Pay Them Half as Much, on the site Skepchick 1 year, 9 months ago
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New research has emerged showing that women are more likely to survive heart attacks if they’re treated by a female doctor. The result c […]
That thing about warning signs of heart attack in women is especially important. There are still those (especially older doctors, people tend to cling to what they were taught, and the older you are, the more out of date that information is) who cling to the “small man” myth, that is, that male and female bodies are the same except for the genitalia and the larger mass of the male body.
As for those male doctors, who knew that being isolated from half the population was a guaranteed path to medical incompetence?
I wonder if there is enough data in the study to follow this effect over the twenty years of the study. I am a fairly recent (male) doctor, and we (in my med school class, 60% women, 40% men) were educated pretty thoroughly on the different symptomatology between women and men in the case of acute MI. Maybe this serious issue is in the process of being resolved. I sincerely hope so!
I don’t know about survival rates, but I have noticed that at this point, all of my doctors are women. Even before I transitioned, when I was still living as a man, I noticed that the male doctors I encountered were more likely to ignore most of what I said and look for an easy answer to what (if anything) was ailing me, or look for an excuse to blame me. So far, all of my bad experiences have been with male doctors and almost all of my good ones have been with female doctors.
My dentist (a woman) once sent me to a male endodontist for some gum surgery, and he just got mad when I made noises because I was scared and in pain. A few years later, she sent me to a woman for an implant, and even though she was mostly deaf, she did a better job of responding to my fears.
I’ve found that women doctors are more likely to treat me like a human being (instead of a case to be disposed of as expeditiously as possible.) At the practice I go to now, I’ve only been seeing women, and they’ve been working with me for over a year to help me lose weight. (My old — male — GP would simply say “lose weight, goodbye!” whenever I went to him with a health issue.)
It’s a great title Rebecca, the title says it all and suggests the solution.
I generalise here.
People have been brainwashed into regarding price as the most important criterion. Price is easy to quantify, quality is not.
When you* are young and invulnerable or Republican and arrogant, thinking ill health is some sort of moral deficiency, you don’t think too much about it. When you are old or vulnerable, pregnant, or with young sick kids, the odds begin to stack up against you and you realise how important a good doctor is.
Unfortunately in a Capitalist system, market forces rule and if everybody goes to the quick in and out sausage** factory type doctor, the more caring and careful type of doctor has fewer patients and relatively speaking is underpaid.
Worse, the more caring doctor receives criticism for being behind schedule because they always devote additional time to patients with more serious problems.
As you may remember my wife is a GP and we have lived with this shit for 40 plus years.
So if you want to support the caring doctor, go and see them and support them when your problems are simple, as they may not be there when you really need them.
*As always, You = plural you, not you in particular, I could say we
**Sausage factory – male – see what I did there?!
although there are many caring male doctors as well.
Also, don’t fucking rock up to a 15 minute appointment with a shopping list of problems, schedule a longer session or see your doctor more frequently.