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Care of the Aged: The Barriers of Traditions

CARL EISDORFER, M.D., Ph.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(2):256-260. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-94-2-256
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The growing population of older persons in our society will require increased attention. It is contended that the current pattern of third-party reimbursement for hospitalization and technical procedures focuses upon acute care and cure. The philosophy underlying medical education and practice is a barrier to the provision of quality care to older persons with chronic disorders. A changing emphasis for future practice is indicated.

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