How Our Broken Health Care System Treats The Elderly

How Our Broken Health Care System Treats The Elderly

A 91-year-old woman calls her doctor complaining that she feels dizzy. No, that’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s what actually happened to my mother last week when she woke up feeling “a little sick.” And here’s the punch line. She ends up at the ER and in the hospital overnight. But the joke’s on all of us because our tax dollars fund this approach to geriatric care.

Mom did all of the right things. She had the nurse at her senior living complex check her blood pressure and pulse. The nurse thought her numbers were low and told her to call her doctor for advice. So she did. And then she waited and waited and waited.

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