An Argument Against Preventative Health Care For the Elderly

2013-07-12 | |
Last updated: 2014-11-25

The goal of preventive health care is to delay potential diseases and illnesses in order to prevent premature death. However, the theory of prevention does not address many aspects related to health care for adults whose lifespans have exceeded the average. In recent years, numerous concerns have arisen regarding health care and aging.

Preventive interventions can be performed regardless of age but this can often put older patients at risk while forcing health services to incur serious expenses. As a result, there is a need to reassess the powerful interrelations between distribution of resource in a just manner, age discrimination, length of life and the quality of life when it comes to a population with a rapidly increasing average age.

Preventative Care And Cardiovascular Disease

In rich countries, the deaths caused by infectious diseases have decreased substantially as a result of enhanced social conditions, antibiotics and immunizations. As a result, people who no longer face the risk of these infectious diseases are now facing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases instead. Such diseases have consequently become the focus of enormous investments and effort.

Specialists are doing their best to decrease the total number of people who die from cardiovascular diseases, regardless of their age. However, new causes of death continue to appear as we push the boundaries of care while greater efforts are required in order to identify the next potential epidemic. The question is whether preventive treatments for different causes of death really prolong life or simply lead to changes in the causes that lead to death.

Recent studies on differences regarding the risk of an opposite outcome have allowed specialists to analyze the benefits of most the current treatments. The number of people who need to be treated is established based on the reduction of the absolute risk, allowing doctors and nurses to evaluate the balance between possible benefits of the treatment and the unintended effects.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Healthcare Politics, Medical Treatment

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