A new report by an American Medical Association council calls for aging physicians to go into early retirement if they cannot meet competency requirements. Medical doctors, who are licensed with the state, could soon face age discrimination and be forced into early retirement. While some hospitals like Stanford Health Care at Stanford University already require age-based screening for physicians, this state licensing requirement would take it a step further and force all aging physicians to take tests to see if they can perform their jobs safely.
- If the AMA does decide to force this group into early retirement, nearly one fourth of all the physicians in the U.S. would no longer be able to help patients.
- The report calls on younger doctors to evaluate and vote out their older colleagues who are showing signs of age.
- The council report reveals that elder physicians’ colleagues would be in charge of monitoring their competency and calling older doctors into question.