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Survey: Many female doctors have fairness concerns regarding contract negotiations

What terms their employment contract ends up containing can have major impacts on a doctor’s future. It can have major implications for both their personal and professional goals. So, what happens during contract negotiations can be of great significance for a physician.

Now, there are a range of concerns a doctor might have going into such negotiations. Among these are concerns about whether they will be treated fairly during the process. A recent survey suggests that such fairness concerns, including concerns about gender bias, may be quite common among female doctors.

The survey, which was by the American Medical Association, was done online. In it, 500 female doctors were polled. These physicians were all 64 years of age or under. They were asked various things about their experiences in the field of medicine. This includes what sorts of things they felt they experienced a disadvantage in.

Among the things many of the female physicians polled indicated they felt disadvantaged in were contract negotiations. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents (64 percent) reported this.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing female doctors when it comes to contract negotiations?

One would hope all doctors, whatever their gender, would be treated fairly in contract negotiations. What things would you like to see done in the medical field to help ensure such fairness?

Given the high stakes that go along with contract negotiations, a physician may want a skilled advocate on their side when going through the negotiating process and trying to address the various concerns they have related to it. This is among the reasons why obtaining the representation of an experienced health law attorney can be such an important thing for a doctor when entering contract negotiations.

Source: Clinical Pain Advisor, “Pay Inequality, Contract Negotiation Top Concerns for Female Physicians,” Oct. 23, 2017

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