New Study Reveals Women Treated By Female Doctors Live Longer

A new study published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine aimed to see if health outcomes vary among patients treated by women and men.

Harvard researchers analyzed results from 1.5 million Medicare patients treated by physicians between 2011 and 2014. Of the 58,344 internists who treated at least one patient in the study, 32 percent were women.

The results showed patients treated by the female internists had a mortality rate of 11.07 percent, compared with patients of male doctors, whose mortality rate was 11.49 percent.

The researchers estimated that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die "if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year," the research team said.

Additionally, patients of female doctors had a 15.02 percent readmission rate, compared to 15.57 percent for male doctors, the New York Post reports.

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