Women make 80 percent of healthcare decisions

Women are underrepresented in STEM careers — except statistics, botany and healthcare — according to a recent article in Fast Company.

Fast Company talked to Katherine Ryder, CEO of Maven, a telemedicine clinic designed specifically for women, about women's role in healthcare, both as consumers and in the workforce. Here are seven key takeaways about women in healthcare, as presented by Fast Company.

  • Women comprise 80 percent of the U.S. healthcare workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • 21 percent of healthcare executives are women.
  • 90 percent of nurses are women.
  • Lactation consultants, physical therapists and nutritionists are also more likely to be female.
  • Women visit physicians more frequently and ask more questions after exams, especially expectant mothers, Ms. Ryder said.
  • Roughly 80 percent of healthcare decisions in households are made by women, and women are more likely to take care of family members when they get sick.
  • Female patients tend to be more satisfied when they receive care from a female healthcare provider, studies have shown.

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