NPR Claims Male Health Professionals Get Paid More
NPR posted an article today claiming that female doctors spend more time with patients, yet they get paid less than a man in the same position. This claim is rooted in the long debunked “gender wage gap”, a conspiracy spread among the feminist community that says women are paid less than men who work in the same positions. This theory can seem accurate until you actually look at the data, which shows men work more on average than women, when accounting for the same job position. In some cases, woman are actually paid more than men when you shift your perspective to the fact that men work more, yet a lot of the time are paid the same as women who work less. Now, the amounts are usually small, and don’t merit a whole movement behind it since it hasn’t been proven by any forms of statistics or anecdotes.
On the surface, this article might confirm your biases about the wage gap – the only problem is either side of the argument can claim such a confirmation. But, while the feminist lobby continues to demand “equal pay”, the data will never catch up to their arguments. What does this mean? Well, NPR is assuming that no one will actually read the study they cited in the article. And since the article does not feature any of the other conclusions found by the study, the fact they’re claiming this as a factual news article is why it found itself in a Narrative Check.
The Study's Conclusion, Explained
NPR’s take from this study (and those involved in the study) say that woman are paid less then men, yet spend more time with their patients. If they had included the first sentence of the study’s conclusion, the claim of a wage gap seems moot. And this is because, as the study concluded, aside from women spending more time with their patients, female PCPs generate less visit revenue (10.9% less according to the data), owing to a lower volume of visits (10.8% fewer visits). With this information in mind, the argument for the wage gap falls apart.
Later in the article they also claim that the gender wage gap is “well documented”, even though the data is cherry picked and contextualized in order to bolster their claim. But the wage gap has been debunked. Many times. And ignoring the fact that men spend more time at work overall than women is just another way to craft a narrative for ideological gain.
CONCLUSION: As harsh as it sounds, the arguments these people put fourth are not even substantiated by their own studies. And NPR intentionally ignoring it is only adding to the muddied waters of what is read or what is conjecture.