On average, female rheumatologists have fewer patients yearly as compared to their male counterparts, as per the Journal of Rheumatology’s information. This means the female professionals have lower earnings than men. Do you think of this when searching for a female rheumatologist near me?
As for the Ontario-based University of Toronto’s Jessica Widdifield, there has long been a considerable change in the medical labor force gender distribution, with rising female physician representation. That applies to the rheumatology subspecialty, which saw a considerable rise in the female rheumatologist proportion.
Given the fast-changing rheumatology workforce demographics, it is important to know how feminization impacts clinical capacity, said Widdifield. That is important because, according to earlier studies, female physicians usually operate fewer hours as compared to their male counterparts, and they are likelier to do part-time work and take leaves. For those reasons, gender change has possible effects on patient access and physician availability.
Widdifield and her colleagues studied rheumatologists in Canada’s Ontario province based on its population for some purposes. Those purposes are as follows.
- To compare both the compensation and clinical things that happen among male and female rheumatology professionals; and,
- Analyze the connections between patient count, practice size and the gender of physicians.
Between 2000 and 2015, those researchers identified every rheumatologist who practiced as a whole-time equivalent or above. After that, they assessed the distinctions in practice attributes and earnings between the women professionals and the men. The researchers regarded the unique patient count as practice size, the patient visit count as patient volume, and the overall fee-for-service (FFS) bills as earnings. With multivariate linear regression, they examined how gender affected patient volume and practice size individually, considering year and age.
As per those researchers, the whole-time equivalent or above WTE rheumatologist count went up to reach 120 in the study time. At the same time, the proportion of women professionals increased to reach around 42%, according to this study. Among the rheumatology professionals, the men’s practice volume and practice size were bigger as compared to those of the women.
Among the people of both genders, there is a small yet considerable reduction in the average patient visit count. Meanwhile, the middle-aged rheumatology professionals had bigger practice volumes and sizes as compared to their older and younger counterparts. As for Widdifield, one of the main concerns of the discoveries is this: the increased rheumatology staff feminization may lengthen patient waiting times.