My Dad - who will be 89 this year - sent me this link:http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...=aLzfDxfbwhzs#
The medical part is really scary - especially for the Seniors needing care.
It looks like after all the automation, and physician guidelines there will be cost-productive decisions made based on those guidelines. Forget the Hippocratic Oath.
The formula might look like this - expected life span -vs- procedure costs = decision to treat or not to treat.
Last year my dad almost died of pneumonia . The doctors considered his age and wrote him off. Prior to this he had the body of a 55 year old man - still very active, able to out do men 30 years younger than he. But because his wife (not my deceased mom - Dad remarried to a woman 20 years his junior) insisted they forget his age, and treat him as he was a 55 year old.
The doctors gave all sorts of dire predictions should he recover, like he'd probably spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home. WRONG! Because of our ability to insist on the hospital pulling out all the stops, and them having the ability to do so - he is out, and active today. The illness did slow him down quite a lot, and he's still regaining his strength - but who wouldn't be in a less healthy condition after your kidneys, liver, etc. had already shut down and then brought back.? (By-the-way, the doctors apologized for their stinkin' thinkin' (my words) - and now Dad is a case study in the hospital's ICU department.)
Yes it cost a lot of money - but do we place a $$ value on life? My dad fought in WWII for his country, he worked hard all his life, was (is) a contributing member of society, supported his family, paid his taxes - like Social Security, and Medicare. I digress, sorry.
It appears, according to the article, that once a person reaches a certain age they will not be eligible for life-giving care.
This is one of the a paragraphs, of the text of the link, that I'm referring to:Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.
So, should I, as a Senior, accept that at a certain age I'm too costly to keep around, and my quality of life - or even life - should be disregarded?
In some cultures the elderly go on a journey, by themselves, to die.
Is this the "future" I should look forward to?
If the health care that Daschle prescribes does come to pass, we'll all be sorry.