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Patients treated by female surgeons have lower healthcare costs, study finds

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p2858 (Published 04 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2858
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Patients who underwent surgery by a woman surgeon for one of 25 common procedures had lower healthcare costs in the year after the procedure, making a saving for health services, a large Canadian study has found.1

The authors from Canadian and US medical centres, who were led by Christopher Wallis of the division of urology at the University of Toronto, said that they do not know of another study examining the association between surgeon sex and healthcare cost.

The population based, retrospective cohort study included adult patients who had one of 25 common elective or emergency surgical procedures between 2007 and 2019 in Ontario, Canada. The procedures included all surgical subspecialties and …

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