I’m over 65, but I don’t need a discounted bus fareBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1365 (Published 09 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1365
- A Mark Clarfield, Sidonie Hecht professor of geriatrics,
- Soroka Hospital,
- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
A bus driver recently asked me, “Senior citizen?” Sensing a saving, I readily answered in the affirmative and was pleasantly surprised by the 50% off. I wondered what other discounts would now come my way: to film tickets, parking spaces, meals at restaurants, museum entry, and more.
“You’re only as old as you feel,” the adage goes. I recently turned 65, but the truth is that I don’t feel elderly. I’m not sick. I feel fine. And I’m still working as a geriatrician with a reasonable salary.
I don’t need these discounts.
I’m sure that, for many people under and over 65, a …