If vital services are being twisted into sinister-sounding practices for political purposes, who wouldn't be concerned? But for many seniors, these services may be a great comfort and support mechanism.
I am a family physician with substantial experience in geriatric medical practice; I have always tried to be an advocate for my elderly patients. I wish to focus my comments on the issue that seems to have hijacked the reform debate from the senior perspective: advanced directives and end-of-life care.
Posted by Raymond J. Zastrow, on August 14, 2009 6:21 PM
Seniors are relatively pleased with Medicare, although more and more physicians are limiting the number of Medicare patients they are taking because of the drop in reimbursement. This drop will be exacerbated if the current bills make it to legislation.
Posted by Colleen Conway-Welch, on August 14, 2009 11:25 AM
Senior citizens, already suspicious of the health-care reform agenda and the administration, now assume that they will be losers. Their grassroots fury has been obvious in town hall meeting confrontations with members of Congress.
When people such as Sarah Palin warn Americans that they will stand before a "death panel" to determine if they will get treatment, things are getting a little ridiculous. This is America, this is a democracy, we don't euthanize seniors here.
Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on August 12, 2009 6:27 PM
Frankly, what is surfacing is a survival of the fittest mentality. One demographic, being pitted against another, risks any true reform of the system and compromises the pursuit of good health for all.
Posted by Chris T. Pernell, on August 11, 2009 4:30 PM