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Letters Early retirement

Retirement and socioeconomic inequalities

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 30 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7400
  1. Karel Van Bever, doctor 1,
  2. Thomas Engelbeen, doctor 2,
  3. Elly Van Reusel, doctor 3,
  4. Dirk Van Duppen, doctor 4
  1. 1Medicine for the People, Groenplein 19, 9060 Zelzate, Belgium
  2. 2Medicine for the People, Genk, Belgium
  3. 3Medicine for the People, Hoboken, Belgium
  4. 4Medicine for the People, Deurne, Belgium
  1. karelvanbever{at}

Burdorf’s editorial is highly relevant because many governments in Europe are raising the retirement age to balance the ratio of employed people to dependent ones as life expectancy increases steadily.1 2

In Belgium, the official retirement age is 65, but some people retire earlier. Politicians who want to …

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