Documentary and show name: Healthcare Gender Bias in the Modern Era
Executive Producer: Michael Buxbaum
Producers: Alexandra Buxbaum, Kris Tripplaar
Content Contributors: In development – interviews, video, stills research studies, healthcare trade shows and events
Funding and Grants: In development
Targeted release and show date: Fall 2025
Documentary description and overview:
The international project documents the modern era challenges for women in healthcare from three perspectives and viewpoints:
A survey conducted in early 2019 by TODAY found that more than one-half of women, compared with one-third of men, believe gender discrimination in patient care is a serious problem. One in five women say they have felt that a health care provider has ignored or dismissed their symptoms, and 17% say they feel they have been treated differently because of their gender— compared with 14% and 6% of men, respectively.
Studies show that women’s perceptions of gender bias are correct. Compared with male patients, women who present with the same condition may not receive the same evidence-based care. In several key areas, such as cardiac care and pain management, women may get different treatment, leading to poorer outcomes.
Hope for the future: How do we change, move forward and solve the identified problems and biases in the system? What can we do as patients, practitioners and the public to contribute to a more equitable system that rewards successful outcomes regardless of gender?
The mission of the project is to both educate and highlight the still current gender biases in the health system and explore the remedies and options being explored and implemented to providing equity in research, funding and treatment.
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