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Forced retirement, a consequence of forced salary

The Knesset will vote on a bill to raise the mandatory retirement age for doctors from 67 to 70 years. In any free-market country, the very idea of forced retirement would be inconceivable, a clear case of discrimination based on age.

In Israel, however, forced retirement of doctors is the only way to protect hospitals against the exponentially rising costs of employing them at a time when their seniority benefits and leave expenses have increased to unmanageable levels.

Instead of allowing the hospitals to negotiate terms with doctors individually, the government bans their employment past the age of 67 altogether.

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