The Ethical Issues Of The Health Essay

1281 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
We have an epidemic of older patients requiring care, ill equipped facilities, a culture which denies the reality of aging and the inevitability of death, and a failure to address the ethical issues relevant to elder care. This failure could be caused by pragmatism, or even a lack of imagination, but the actual answer is not that simple. The problem has arisen from the fact that medical science, which largely decides how elders should live out their final days, and puts a premium on preserving health, has little to no concept of what gives life meaning and is unwilling acknowledge mortality. Medicine places value on preserving life and health, while ignoring the question of meaning and value. Economics places a premium on cost effectiveness, and the long term care situation in the Unites States plays out this deranged marriage perfectly. We preserve life, often by avoiding easily manageable issues which contribute to morbidity and mortality, many of which are positive, but do little to speak to actual quality of life. The following are included in The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality measures for long term care facilities:
Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury (Long Stay)
Percent of High-Risk Residents with Pressure Ulcers (Long Stay)
Percent of Low-Risk Residents Who Lose Control of Their Bowels or Bladder (Long Stay)
Percent of Residents Who Were Physically Restrained (Long Stay)
Percent of Long-Stay Residents Who…

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