Study: Physician gender does not affect patients' costs, death risk

03/15/2013 | Modern Physician (free registration)

Physician gender does not appear to affect patients' medical costs and mortality risk, researchers at the University of California, Davis, Health System found. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, suggest there is no need to differentially train or employ physicians of either gender to lower death risk and health care costs, researchers said. Previous studies had indicated female physicians' communication styles might lower patient costs.

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