Women’s Equality Day: Gender Equality in the Field of Healthcare
The healthcare industry is powered by women. The majority of women make healthcare decisions not only for themselves, but also for their families. Yet women are significantly underrepresented in healthcare leadership roles. However, over the years, there has been a drastic change in regard to the degree of gender balance across the healthcare industry.
- More than 76% of hospital employees—women.
- More than 77% of people who work in doctors’ offices—women.
- More than 88% of home health workers—women.
After years of struggle, it seems there’s near gender equality across the U.S. workforce. The Healthcare industry has been one exception to gender inequality, where the scales seem totally tilted in favor of women. Nearly 80% of workers in the healthcare and social assistance field are women, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. In 2013, the Modern Healthcare magazine named a woman—Kathleen Sebelius—as its “Most Influential” person in healthcare; for 2014, women represented two of the top five “Most Influential” people. Modern Healthcare even recognizes a standalone list of top women executives.
Women in Higher Places
Over the years, many academic studies have found that gender diversity improves company performance and growth. In the latest State of Gender Diversity in Healthcare survey of 38 women and 12 men, 95% of women agreed that gender diversity has a positive impact on company performance and 58% of men agreed with that statement as well.
- 3 Out of 46 Fortune 500 Companies have Women CEOs
- 42 TOP FIRMS With female representatives in top leadership positions are valued higher
- 65% WOMEN Attended our Audio Conferences in 2016
Medical Coding Opportunities for Women
Women over the years have dominated the Medical Coding Industry, with many making this a preferred career option. One of the reasons for this is the convenience of telecommunications, computer technology, and the option to work from home. The prospect of being able to work from home either as a private contractor or as an at-home employee is one of the most appealing aspects of the profession, especially for women. At-home jobs in medical billing and coding offer women a degree of flexibility to balance their personal lives and careers that is not usually available to their counterparts who work in offices or hospitals.
- 21% increase in women remote coders between 2010 and 2020
- 37,700 total number of women remote coders by 2020
- The average increase in salaries for remoter coders is $1,420.