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Regulating aging licensees: Is there a solution?

The number of physicians in the US aged 65 and over quadrupled between 1975 and 2013, and whilst certain attributes key to the delivery of quality health care may increase with age, there is a tendency for poorer performance the further a physician gets from graduation, reports the blog AMA Wire. A quarter of physicians are now 65 or older.

The notion of age-based competency screening programs has been around for a long time, and is already implemented in several fields of care, but the question of whether to broaden the scope of these tests to all areas of medicine and health care is a delicate one. It would require sensitive handling in order to provide a fair assessment to existing medical professionals whilst still ensuring the top level of care to patients.

Full story by Timothy M Smith for AMA Wire