Gender bias against female surgeons fuelling surgical backlogs

By Solarina Ho CTVNews.

Female surgeons in Canada have long faced gender-based referral biases that result in large pay gaps, and an inequitable and inefficient environment for patients, Canadian surgeons say, but with the urgency surrounding surgical backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some say the time is ripe for major changes to healthcare.

In interviews with five surgeons and conversations with others who declined to participate in the story, heard their experiences and views on the inequity and problems within medical care, as well as a solution many believe could be effective in mitigating wait times and backlogs.

For Dr. Fahima Dossa, a general surgery resident with the University of Toronto, it started early in her medical training.

Categories: Canada, Gender Equality, Women

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