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Medicine, ageing and healthcare

Liz Lloyd

in Health and care in ageing societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781861349194
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307600 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349194.003.0006
Medicine, ageing and healthcare

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This chapter is about secondary level prevention: that is, the restoration of health and alleviation of illness symptoms. It is argued that it is at the level that there is greatest commercial potential for health providers. Gross inequalities in access to health care at a global level are considered in relation to the migration of health workers from low- and middle-income countries to high-income countries. Examples of age-related inequalities and age discrimination considered include the neglect and abuse of older people within healthcare systems and the inadequate attention given to health conditions that affect older people disproportionately. Health care systems are increasingly attuned to the rise in chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) but the imperative to contain costs impedes effective development. It is argued that there is a need for a better understanding of older people's experiences of living with chronic illness and of the importance of age to illness experience.

Keywords: Health care systems; Anti-ageing medicine; Access to health care; Age-related inequalities; NCDs; Self-care

Chapter.  10455 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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