is it just me, or is it really difficult to have access to a woman doctor? i've found it really quite difficult in the last 10 years or so. i'd rather see a woman doctor for personal matters, and even for things like listening to my breathing when i have a cold or taking my blood pressure.
the problem is that there aren't many women doctors available. those who are available often dont' work in the later afternoons, presumably because they have children who they would like to be with after school. or they work only two (maybe three) days a week, and it's inevitable that i will fall sick on the days they aren't working.
which makes it difficult for a working mum, who finds that having to keep taking time off work for my own and the children's appointments really difficult. or when it's urgent but there are no women doctors available. i've shifted clinics to try to sort out the problem, but my new clinic is just as bad as the old one. and there aren't any women doctors in single private practice in hamilton.
it's something i have a real dilemma with. because i'm working, i want healthcare to be provided at times that are convenient for me. but these doctors are also working mums and want the same. i don't know a way around it, other than to stay sick and wait another day or two for an appointment, or to succumb and see a male doctor, which feels yukky.
so why are we having this shortage of women doctors? is it because there are not enough women entering the profession? or some other reason?