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It has become fashionable in some circles when writing about gerontology and geriatrics to complain about the many ways in which the elderly have been neglected by the American health care system. It is alleged that the elderly are being ignored by physicians who find their medical problems boring or frustrating, health policy makers who are eager to achieve fiscal solvency by cutting their social programs, and even by persons concerned with bioethics because acute illnesses make for better moral drama than do chronic ailments.
Those who fear that the interests of the elderly have been compromised as a result
Geriatrics and the Law: Patient Rights and Professional Responsibilities.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:823. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-103-5-823_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(5):823.
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