Source: USA Today
The Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2017 found that geographic location and ethnicity are factors that can determine a doctor’s pay.
The survey shows that doctors in less populated areas tend to be paid more than those in urban areas, and African American physicians earn 15% less than white physicians.
Hansa Bhargava, Senior Medical Officer and WebMD’s in-house pediatrician, states that the pay disparity is a result of supply and demand.
Oftentimes, “doctors tend to migrate to urban areas because of the attraction of academic medicine or being in the cities themselves so that can actually influence what the pay is.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 8% of doctors in the U.S. identified as African American. Dr. Allen Williams, President of the National Medical Association, believes that these statistics are a result of “the need for more diversity in medical education.”
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