The reasons why older doctors don't retire

Many older doctors have no plans to retire any time soon, citing cognitive stimulation and a sense of purpose as reasons to keep working.

A survey of more than 1000 Australian doctors aged 55-plus shows a third have no clear retirement plan.

Doctors cite the central role of work in their lives as yet more reason to stay on.

The researchers suggest that being a doctor is so tied up with self-identity that retirement can seem "threatening".

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