Why do female GPs earn less? An expert explains the factors at play

The gap will surprise few, but little is understood about the causes


Australian Doctor's exclusive special report on incomes in the medical profession has highlighted a significant gender gap, with female GPs earning, on average, $12.65 less per hour than males.

But how much is known about why? Not much. Dr Chris Harrison (PhD), research fellow at the Family Medicine Research Centre at the University of Sydney, explains.

To get a better understanding of the income differentials, we have been looking at the work that has been happening both in the consult itself and outside — the work not funded under the MBS.

We know generally that female GPs are providing longer consultations than their male colleagues.

Obviously, with the structure of the attendance items, the extra time spent, even if it is 30 seconds or a