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Study Shows Doctors Still Need A Cure For Gender And Race Pay Gap

Study finds a white male doctor with the same qualifications as a black male doctor makes 35 percent more money.
Study Shows Doctors Still Need A Cure For Gender And Race Pay Gap

Chances are if your doctor is a white guy, he makes a lot of money. If your doctor is a black guy, he also likely makes a lot of money — but not as much as his white counterpart. If your doctor is a woman, she makes less than either of those.

A new study looked at the annual income information for more than 60,000 black and white, male and female, physicians from 2000 to 2013 and found there are still major disparities among paychecks

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Southern California took into account age, specialty, hours worked, years in practice and the percentage of revenue from Medicare and Medicaid when drawing their comparisons.

Here's what they found: The adjusted median income for a white male physician is $253,042 a year. A black male physician takes home about $188,230 a year. That means a white doctor with the same qualifications as a black doctor makes 35 percent more. 

For female physicians, the median income for white professionals is $163,234 per year. Black female doctors earn about $10,000 less than that.

So why the disparities? The research points to a couple possible explanations, including lower bargaining power in salary negotiations and discrimination by employers or patients. 

A researcher for the project said: "These findings are deeply concerning. If the goal is to achieve equity or to give incentives for the best students to enter medicine, we need to work on closing both the black-white gap and the gender gap in physician incomes."

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