PERSISTENT PATIENT: Beth Zahller runs an all-girls child care service in Asheville. She struggled with having her metal allergy discounted as stress. Photo courtesy of Beth Zahller

Gender bias impacts medical care, say local and national experts

According to a host of experts in Asheville and around the nation, female patients are likely to experience more dismissals of symptoms and receive less medical knowledge about their diseases as a result of “gender bias in medicine.” The long-standing prejudice is well-known within the medical community — and women are still taking the brunt of it, experts say.