Gender bias in the medical profession adding to women’s pain

MK Disability Lawyers partner Rupa Karyampudi was honoured to be featured in a recent article by Legal Matters about gender bias in the medical profession. Please see an excerpt reprinted below, and visit the Legal Matters website to read the full article.

Gender bias within the medical profession is a long-standing problem that can lead to misdiagnosis and ultimately prevent women from getting the disability insurance benefits they deserve and the treatment they need, says Toronto and Markham-area disability lawyer Rupa Karyampudi.

Karyampudi, a partner at MK Disability Lawyers, says studies have shown that one in five women believe that a health-care provider has ignored their symptoms. 

“Too many times their pain is dismissed or misdiagnosed or attributed to a psychological problem. It is all in their heads. It is not real,” she says. “Many of our clients suffer from chronic pain issues and it is especially daunting when you are not being heard.

“Studies show that if you are young and female or a person of colour or with limited education, your risk of misdiagnosis is much higher,” Karyampudi tells LegalMattersCanada.ca. “Racially marginalized people already have a problem navigating the health-care system. Add in the gender bias and it makes it much more difficult. This issue extends from the medical field to the insurance companies and right to the legal profession to some extent.”

To read the full article, please click here.

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