on that note
Retirement: Passing It On
By Gordon Ah Tye, BA, RT, FAHRA
I have been thinking a lot about retirement
this year. I will be turning 59 soon. Hard to
believe I’ve been doing this radiology thing
for 35 years. Heck, it’s hard to believe I will
be 59, one small step from hitting the big
six-ohhh! There are a bunch of you Baby
Boomers out there thinking similar
thoughts I’m sure. But how much further
do we ride this healthcare roller coaster?
Right now I am seriously looking to retire
at 62. Here are my issues:
• What I will do for medical insurance
until I hit 65 and qualify for Medicare?
Even then I will have to purchase supple-
mental insurance to cover whatever
So those are some of my major issues
with looking to retire at 62. Now here are
the pros as to why I should retire at 62:
• My house and cars will be paid off. I
should have zero debt so I shouldn’t need
a lot of money to be comfortable.
So, there it is, my friends. Don’t get me
wrong. We work hard as radiology
administrators and we are fortunate that
we do what we do and get paid well for it.
For those who absolutely love what they
do and thrive on it, perhaps you will stick
around and work for as long as they will
let you. It’s kind of a shame that just when
we have the skill and knowledge to be
really good, we think about hanging it up.
For those of you administrative youngsters out there, please be patient with us
old timers. You have your own challenges
with rising costs, reduced reimbursements
in healthcare, and real estate values that
have turned upside down. These are the
challenges of your generation. You are our
future hope to challenge and solve the
problems that unfortunately our generation has helped to create.
I’m sorry. I wish we had a better legacy
to pass on to you. But just know that as
you experience difficult times and struggles, these are the elements that make better times sweeter. Always remember that
today is someone’s “good old days.” It is
your strength and creativity that will provide us with good healthcare when we are
old and gray. Let me thank you in advance,
and although we may be cranky in our old
age, we know you will be doing the best
Gordon Ah Tye is director of imaging and radiation
oncology services for Kaweah Delta Health Care
District in Visalia, CA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in
biological sciences from California State University in
Fresno. Ah Tye is a past president of AHRA, received the
AHRA Gold Award in 2001, and received the 2006
Minnie for Most Effective Radiology Administrator of
the year. He may be contacted at email@example.com.