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Female Radiation Oncologists Receive Smaller Medicare Payments

Key clinical point: Female radiation oncologists are receiving less money for Medicare claims than male counterparts.

Major finding: On average, women are receiving nearly $144,000 less in Medicare reimbursement than men in non–facilities-based settings.

Study details: An analysis of Medicare claims submitted by 4,393 radiation oncologists.

Disclosures: One coauthor reported receiving stock options from Equity Quotient; personal fees from Amgen and Vizient; and grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Komen Foundation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; another reported receiving personal fees from ViewRay.


Valle L et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Mar 22. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.0932.