When it comes to the healthcare, the doctor is the better choice, according to a new survey.
The report from Australia’s Centre for Research on Women and the Law (CROWL) found that women in their early 20s were less likely to seek out a GP and more likely to opt for a lawyer when it comes time to make a claim.
As a result, those women were more likely than their male counterparts to rely on a lawyer to deal with their healthcare needs.
“When it comes down to it, you’re choosing a health provider based on their expertise and not because of the type of services they offer,” said Dr Jill Sutter, a professor of health law at Melbourne University.
Dr Sutter is also the author of a book on the subject titled Why Women Choose Doctors and Lawyers: Gender Equality in Health and Legal Practice.
It was published by Penguin Random House in March.
There are now a number of legal organisations working on gender equality issues in Australia, including the Gender Law Reform Coalition and the Centre for Women in Legal and Public Life.