The elderly are entitled to unlimited free medical care Essay

The elderly are entitled to unlimited free medical care

Introduction

In the recent years, a big change has occurred in demographic sector of world population: Age. History tells us that human beings have always had a high birth rate and a high death rate especially child mortality. But with advancement in technology and better medical care the world is now witnessing high life spans, thus the population beyond sixty years has increased enormously. The United Nations puts the figures that: one out of ten people as being above sixty years.

Honestly with the population of the elderly on the increase, bear in mind that the United Nations predicts that in 2050 for every ten persons two will be over sixty[1]. We need to know their rights of and award them. First the elderly need to be protected both physical and psychological. Then they have a right for participation which means the elderly are accorded active part in the society, that they participate in the society activities and give their opinions and views. Then they have the right for image where by they should be treated with courtesy and respect and not abused or discriminated in any form. With this then we can explore if they should be given free medical care or not.

The Universal Declaration of Human rights states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care”. Thus the elderly should be accorded the best medical care the government can afford. This systems of caring have been there but with the many regime starting to feel pressure on the facilities available they have started to look down to elderly and cutting down on their budgets. But this is wrong the elderly should be our first priority when giving out medical care. This elderly people should not be left to fell useless and outdated.

With such numbers we find that elderly population occupies a large segment of total world population. This is a population which at one time in their life gave maximum production to our economic growth. In many countries there are social departments which provide support to the elderly for example giving them social security and free medical care. But these services are being done as if is a favour being given to the elderly yet it is an obligation, a right for the elderly.

We are now witness situations where by the elderly are being treated as third class citizens as many elderly people are being discriminated so much especially in hospitals. Doctor will give first priority to young patient than to an elderly one who will be left there to fell worthless. This is very immoral and really sickening to the elderly, this is the people who were taxed so much in their lives. The challenges the governments’ have is to ensure that they provide free medical care for this elderly population. There are there to stay and they can’t be wished away. [2]

Some of the medical complication that comes with old age is very expensive to treat example being cancer. So even if we ague that this elderly people pay for themselves, they will end up selling their only assets but still wound be able to upset their bills. We have had cases where by an elderly person sell his /her house to offset their medical bills. Imagine where they will come back to stay when the leave the hospital, nowhere. Some elderly persons sale their properties to be taken to private home care and yet the money required by those private homes is too much that this people end up in debts. To make matters worse they are again taxed by income tax department .isn’t this just too much?

In some situations we find that the elderly have no one to look after them, they have no offspring’s or close relative yet they require support. Then it becomes the duty of the government to provide all the care including the medical care. Otherwise this elderly people will suffer psychological torture and may die prematurely. As a society the social responsibility that dictates we have to care for the weak ones. Thus we have a social obligation to take care of this elderly people.[3]

On the other hand as much as they elderly should be given free medical care those who can pay should pay to ease the government efforts. It will be more responsible for one to pay. There are some elderly who think that all the resources should be allocated to them just because they made contributions to the social fund. This elderly people have a moral duty to pay for want they are getting if they can pay. But if they can not afford then they can be supported,

Conclusion

I suggest that governments should allocate more to the social fund to provide free medical care for the elderly.  The elderly are making a major segment in the world population and the trend is that more people are going to be aged as we witness major demographic changes. Thus no elderly person should miss to be given an all inclusive free medic

References

Merton, R. K. (1993): Sociology of Science, in Storer, N. W., ed., The Sociology of Science: – Theoretical and Emperical Investigations: Chicago and London, University of Chicago Press

Rensberger, B., (2003): Margaret Mead on becoming human: The nature-nurture debate: Science 83, Vol. 4, no. 3, p. 28-46.

[1] Merton, R. K. (1993): Sociology of Science, in Storer, N. W., ed., The Sociology of Science:- Theoretical and Empirical Investigations: Chicago and London, University of Chicago Press

[2] Merton, R. K. (1993): Sociology of Science, in Storer, N. W., ed., The Sociology of Science:- Theoretical and Empirical Investigations: Chicago and London, University of Chicago Press
[3] Rensberger, B., (2003): Margaret Mead on becoming human: The nature-nurture debate: Science 83, Vol. 4, no. 3, p. 28-46.