Pay gap for female doctors is growing wider and the reason could be that they don’t want to work hard compared to male counterparts, if believed Texas-based Dr. Gary Tigges, whose comments to a medical journal recently sparked outrage on social media platforms prompting dozens of angry retorts.
However, the 53-year-old doctor has apologized for his comments and the pain caused by it to female physicians in a statement.
His comments, one of the eight responses in the two-page feature titled “Women in Medicine”, were published in September issue of Dallas Medical Journal. Dr. Tigges practices internal medicine at Plano Internal Medicine Associates in Plano.
He said, “Yes, there is a pay gap… Female physicians do no work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians…. They choose to… they don’t want to work the long hours… their priority is something else.”
Dr. Tigges added that unless the physicians want to work harder and agree to work long hours, nothing can be done and so their current pay is fair. His comments were based on data that shows the opposite gender see fewer patients and have obligations like paying equal attention to families.
Amid outrage on social media the doctor has deleted his Twitter account and the website that he founded in 1996 remains inactive. Critical comments can be still seen on his practice’s Yelp page.
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by social networking service for health care professionals, Doximity, in 2017 reveals female doctors earned about 27 percent less than their male counterparts.
Another similar report released earlier this year by Medscape talked about the same sizable gender pay gap for primary care physicians.
Titled as Physician Compensation Report, the finding further added that the pay gap between males and females was about 36 percent for specialists.
Several causes have been cited for such a huge pay gap including years of experience, specialty choice, choices made to balance family with work, number of hours worked and lack of role models as well as mentors. Experts believe greater barriers are faced by minority female physicians.
About one-third of physicians in United States are women.