Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

Search Symptoms

Category: Cardiology | Dermatology | Endocrinology | Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Gastroenterology | Gynecology | Infections | AIDS | Internal Medicine | Allergy | Critical Care | Emergency Medicine | Nephrology | Neurology | Oncology | Ophthalmology | Orthopedics | ENT | Pathology | Pediatrics | Psychiatry | Pulmonology | Radiology | Rheumatology | Surgery | Anesthesiology & Pain | Urology | Journal

Back to Journal Articles

Reasons Physicians Are Delaying Retirement Vary

Last Updated: October 05, 2017.

Physicians are delaying retirement, often because they feel they are providing a useful service to patients or because of concerns about social interaction in retirement, according to an article published online Sept. 25 in Medical Economics.

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians are delaying retirement, often because they feel they are providing a useful service to patients or because of concerns about social interaction in retirement, according to an article published online Sept. 25 in Medical Economics.

According to a new study from CompHealth, social interaction was the greatest retirement concern. In addition, 91 percent of physicians still feel that they can provide a useful service to patients. However, some older physicians have resisted using electronic health records, which may lead them to retire before they are ready.

About half (51 percent) of respondents said that working occasionally or part time is part of their ideal retirement plans, and 76 percent said they would like to travel more in retirement. For those physicians who want to retire, burnout due to stress and work hours, as well as increasing government intrusion, play a role.

"A huge amount of experience in the senior doctor can be of value," Murray Grossan, M.D., age 95, from the ear, nose, and throat specialty group at Cedars Sinai Center in Los Angeles, said in the article. "I've certainly thought about retiring, but when you consider what gives you energy, it turns out to be doing medicine and solving medical problems."

More Information


Previous: Urinary [TIMP-2]*[IGFBP7] May Predict AKI After Heart Surgery Next: 21 Percent of Americans Report Experiencing a Medical Error

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.


Submit your opinion: