Stacia Robinson, The BeneChoice Companies, health, doctor, male, female, healthcare

Are Women Physicians Better?

Picture this: you’re ill and have your choice of hospitals and physicians.

Would you pick any location / doctor or choose the best hospital and most knowledgeable / experienced doctor available? Would the thought cross your mind to choose a female physician over a male physician?

Stacia Robinson, The BeneChoice Companies, health, doctor, male, female, healthcare

Probably not initially, but there are many reasons why you should choose a female physician. On average, female physicians are better at treating patients in the hospital and at keeping them healthy long-term. These findings were published in December 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

A team of researchers at Harvard completed the study, looking at a random sample of Medicare patients hospitalized between January 2011 and December 2014. The data looked at general internists looking at more than 1.5 million hospitalizations. There were controls set regarding patient cases and differences in hospitals as well.

With all of this data accumulated two very interesting discoveries took place: if patients saw a female doctor while at the hospital, they were less likely to die within 30 days of leaving the hospital and they were less likely to get readmitted within 30 days of their initial discharge. These two profound discoveries make a significant difference for the medical field and ultimately the big picture: living.

Why is there a difference between female physicians and their male counterparts? Generally speaking, women physicians are more likely to follow clinical guidelines and more likely to do evidence-based medicine practices. Typically, women also communicate more effectively to patients. By communicating effectively, patients leave the hospital fully aware of any restrictions and post-hospital care. These practices by female physicians are resulting in healthier more aware patients.

As hospitals continue to figure out ways to keep patients healthier longer, hospital staff are looking to these findings (among other studies) for guidance with their procedures / practices.

When the Affordable Health Care Act went into effect on 2010, it restructured how hospitals get paid. Now, hospitals are rewarded for a patients long-term health and penalized when patients get readmitted. This dynamic change gives hospitals an incentive to get to the root cause of an issue the first time for treatment rather than temporarily solving the symptoms a person may have. Even though the Trump administration has stated they plan to repeal the law, many of the payment reforms will remain as they have bipartisan supports.

With an incentive to keep patients healthy after their hospital visit, perhaps hospitals will begin looking at more female doctors for employment. Currently, most  female doctors are paid less and are less likely to get promoted than their male counterparts.

If you should be given the choice at a future hospital visit between a male or female doctor, judge them not only on their knowledge base, but also on their ability to communicate effectively to you to ensure that your post-hospital care is beneficial.

Best regards,




6 Ways To Politely Say ‘No’!

Written by Peter Economy

All of us want to be agreeable and to be liked by others—both at work, and in life in general. This very fact, however, leads to a problem that can keep us from achieving the goals we set for ourselves: the inability to say “no.”

So, what’s the problem? Isn’t it better to be able to say “yes” to our customers, coworkers, and boss? Not always.

Unfortunately, when we won’t say no because we’re afraid we’ll disappoint people or hurt their feelings, we end up letting others decide what we will do, or what kind of person we are going to be. As Warren Buffett so accurately pointed out, “You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.”

Take a moment to think back over the past few months. How many times did you find yourself saying yes and then regretting it later? If you’re like most of us, probably more times than you would like to admit.

The good news is that you can learn to say “no,” and you can say it honestly, and with style and grace.

Keep in mind that there are very legitimate reasons for you to say no to the requests of others—particularly when saying yes would require you to do something that’s unreasonable, inconsiderate, or inconvenient—or that takes you away from your own priorities and goals at work or in life.

Here are some of the most common reasons why we have difficulty saying no:

  • We feel saying no would be rude
  • We need to repay someone for a favor
  • We think that it won’t take much of our time
  • We believe that it is our responsibility or obligation
  • We are afraid that people won’t like us anymore
  • We feel guilty about it
  • We fear being rejected and losing friends

There’s no magic formula or rule to follow to saying no. It’s a personal choice. But by saying “no” to some requests, we can say “yes” to our top priorities in life.

So if you’re ready to learn how to say no, here are some responses you can use when you don’t want to say yes.

  • I’m sorry, but I can’t commit to this as I have other priorities at this time.
  • I am in the middle of doing something and now is not a good time for me.
  • I feel I am not the right person to help you on this. Perhaps someone else would be better.
  • I have a long-term commitment that I cannot break.
  • Thank you for thinking of me, however, I already made plans.
  • I would love to but I have to say no.

Saying no isn’t easy if you naturally tend to say yes. However, learning to say no is a vital part of getting things done, and staying away from situations that can create unnecessary stress for you. With practice, saying no gets easier and easier.

Give it a try, and you’ll see.