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February 27, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(9):781. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940430051020

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To the Editor—  A menacing specter is on the horizon with the extension of social security to include the medical profession by the "benefactors" in Washington. As was pointed out before, physicians do not retire at the age of 65. The long, arduous, and expensive training of a physician does not make it economically practicable for him to retire at such an early age. Why should a physician past 65 begin to contribute to a pension scheme, if he has no intention of ever retiring? The minimum of $400 a year is ridiculous, for if anyone makes this amount, or even double, only a politician can figure out how he can make both ends meet and pay 2.5% to the government on it. An intern or resident is lucky if he makes that much, and it is stark irony to subject him to such a tax.An unskilled Mexican laborer

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