Ken Branson, ‘The Tougher Men Think They Are, the Less Likely They Are to Be Honest with Doctors – Men, who die on average five years earlier than women, prefer male doctors, but are more honest with female doctors’,, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey (March 23, 2016).

Cultural script

The researchers discovered that men, having chosen a male doctor, were less likely to be open with that doctor about their symptoms. (…) Men have a cultural script that tells them they should be brave, self-reliant and tough.