Health Care at an Advanced Age: Myths and Misconceptions
Cohen, Gene D.
Annals of Internal Medicine. 1994 Jul 15; 121(2): 146-147.
...The empirical data, in summary, offer little support for the politics of blame. It appears that age alone is not a reliable predictor of medical care outcomes or expenditures, nor is health care at advanced ages usually characterized by recourse to futile and expensive technologies. Clearly, some common assumptions about health care costs and elderly persons should be consigned to the realm of myth.
Age Factors; Aged; Biomedical Technologies; Critically Ill; Economics; Elderly Persons; Financial Support; Government; Health; Health Care; Home Care; Hospitals; Life; Municipal Government; Nursing Homes; Patient Care; Politics; Prognosis; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; State Government; Statistics; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Treatment Outcome;
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