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Caring for the Disabled Elderly: Who Will Pay?

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By Rivlin Alice M., Wiener Joshua M.. . 318 pages. The Brookings Institution; , Washington, DC: , 1988.. $11.95 (paper); $29.95 (cloth).

Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(7):604. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-7-604
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In this Presidential election year, our older citizens are among the most influential political blocs in our country. Recently, they have begun to sense their power and are busily engaged in protecting and extending many entitlement programs. Their major focus is exploring ways to finance long-term care for older persons who require nursing home placement or significant home health assistance. The political dilemma faced by the senior citizen lobby is how to promote long-term care at a time when other health issues (unequal access to medical care, more than 35 million medically uninsured people, and the increasing financial drain of


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