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Med Care. 1995 Aug;33(8):796-805.

Convergence or divergence of male and female physicians' hours of work and income.

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Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en santé, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


This article verifies if the increase in the percentage of women in the medical profession led to the convergence of male and female physicians' hours of work as well as income. Active physicians in Quebec in 1978 were compared to the ones in 1988. Data were obtained from the computerized files of the Quebec Corporation of Physicians and the Régie d'assurance-maladie du Quebec. Despite the increasing representation of women in the medical profession, gender differences in hours worked and income remained. However, results also showed a tendency toward a convergence in total hours of work, more behavioral variation among women physicians and some behavioral change among men. The experience of the past should thus not be used as the basis for projections of future physician productivity or for medical manpower planning purposes without a careful analysis of trends in behavioral changes.

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