Women in medicine earn about 20 percent less than men. That is a problem for multiple reasons. It is, of course, not fair to the women who go through the same training and have the same skills as their male counterparts. Worse still, if well-qualified women are discouraged from entering the profession because of this inequity, it is bad for patients.

The reasons for this pay disparity are complex. Because medicine is still largely a fee-for-service reimbursement system, the explanation cannot simply be that women with identical qualifications receive lower salaries for doing the same exact work as their male colleagues—although… Read more »