A Doctor Speaks Out About Ageism In Medicine

Doctors are quick to discount the concerns of older patients, or even dismiss their health issues due to hidden biases about the value of older people. (wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock)

BETTER LIFE

Many doctors see elderly patients as a waste of time and effort, a mentality born of hidden biases

BY JUDITH GRAHAM, KAISER HEALTH NEWS

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

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Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesn’t get the same attention that’s devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond are poorly understood.

Medicine reflects this narrow-mindedness.… READ MORE...

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A Missing Focus on Prevention Makes US Health Care Unsustainable

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Who pays for health care is secondary to having care that actually preserves health, avoids unnecessary disease

BY JINGDUAN YANG

May 30, 2019 Updated: May 30, 2019

Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared that the U.S. health care system faced a massive crisis, warning that without prompt administrative and legislative action, the system would break down.

Since then, almost every administration has repeated a similar statement, using such terms as “unsustainable” and promising revolutionary changes.

A Nonexistent Health Care System

Perhaps the reason that we have been muddling along for decades with an unsustainable health care system, perpetually in crisis, is that we have misnamed the entity we are talking about.… READ MORE...

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