Panel Round One
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
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BRIAN BABYLON: Like - a robot?
SAGAL: No, not a robot.
BABYLON: Give me it.
SAGAL: Well, no, it's doctress, please.
BABYLON: Oh, a - oh, a female doctor for feminine bedside manners?
SAGAL: That's pretty much it, actually.
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SAGAL: Your chances of survival...
BABYLON: That sounds like a lady product, though.
SAGAL: ...Improve with a female doctor.
SAGAL: We now know being treated by female doctors - or, as your father calls them when you take him to the hospital, nurses...
AMY DICKINSON: True.
SAGAL: ...Gives you a 4 percent lower chance of dying than seeing their male counterparts.
BABYLON: Four? Just four?
ADAM FELBER: Four?
SAGAL: Just 4 percent, just four. OK.
DICKINSON: Is it possible that...
FELBER: That sounds like it's within the margin of error.
DICKINSON: I'm just wondering if it's possible that that is because women maybe listen?
SAGAL: That is exactly...
DICKINSON: More than they talk?
SAGAL: You jest, Amy, but that's part of it, that women listen more.
DICKINSON: Uh-huh, they...
SAGAL: To - so they're advising men - male doctors - if they want to increase the survival rates of their patients, they should listen more like women do, spend more time in follow-up and stop celebrating successful open-heart surgeries by chest-bumping the patient.
BABYLON: Oh, yeah.
BABYLON: Because, you know, they have those - you can Yelp doctors now, you know that?
BABYLON: They have, like, you know, you could just see, what's this guy? Oh. I...
BABYLON: ...can go down rabbit holes of people just talking bad about doctors.
BABYLON: So - but...
FELBER: Yeah. But the people that the doctor kills...
FELBER: ...They never get to write those Yelp reviews.
SAGAL: That's true.
SAGAL: So - and really, in a weird way, to the doctor, the incentive is either to cure you completely or kill you.
DICKINSON: Or kill you.
FELBER: Yeah. That's why men...
DICKINSON: For your silence.
FELBER: ...That's why male doctors are killing more patients, because they're gaming the system.
FELBER: They're like, this guy's going to kill me on Yelp unless...
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HARRY BELAFONTE: (Singing) That's right, the woman is smarter. That's right, the woman is smarter. That's right, the woman is smarter. That's right, that's right.
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