Should older doctors be examined, tested or forced to retire?

From Reuters:

… a new review of the literature on aging physicians questions the competency to practice of older physicians like Stockdale. The report in JAMA Surgery recommends that healthcare organizations develop protocols for testing doctors of a certain – though undetermined – age for health and competence.

“This is clearly a discriminatory policy if you pick an age to test,” said Stockdale, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, who was not involved in the review.

The medical community has grappled with the question of whether to test aging physicians, particularly surgeons, for two decades, if not longer. But the graying of the nation’s physicians has energized the debate over their health and competence.

During the past four decades, the number of practicing U.S. doctors who were at least 65 years old more than quadrupled. By 2015, nearly one in four physicians were 65 or older, the authors write.

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