Follow
Share

I'm writing a paper on government funding medical needs for senior citizens. I don't think the government gives enough funding to senior citizens medical needs and waits until senior citizens exhaust all their resources to finally step in and help the elderly. Please give me your opinion.

This discussion has been closed for comment. Start a New Discussion.
Find Care & Housing
I believe elders/family should private pay as long as they have the funds. Taxpayers should not be required to shoulder a burden so family has an inheritance. I think we need to look at how other nations handle this issue.  If we would stop these endless wars and funding the military industrial complex, I believe we could think about other options, but right now, where is the money?
(2)
Report

NYDaughterInLaw is correct. This isn't the forum to offer free information for kids doing school papers. I asked for more information so that I could tailor my response according to the education level of the poster.

Future requests such as this should be reported to the admins. That is what I will be doing from now on.
(1)
Report

This is a caregiving forum. Poster is not a caregiver. Please respect the forum. We talk about establishing healthy boundaries with our loved ones. In my opinion, establishing healthy boundaries with people "doing research papers" is just as important.
(3)
Report

Is this for high school, undergrad, grad school? I would like more information.
(0)
Report

Here are a few more examples of waste.

Incontenence supplies (last bill I saw was about 2 years ago. For 4 diapers a day, liners, blue pads and gloves, the "preferred (only approved) vendor charged Medicaid $874 and some change for low quality product. It would actually be less than half the price to go to a Sams Club (idk about Cosco, we do not have those) to buy higher quality items.

Skilled care to homes. My mom worked for the agency we used, she made 65 per hour and was required to see 2 patients an hour. Medicare is billed $180 for each visit. We had 3 a week for 2 years due to noncompliance by patient. She kept getting recertified with different problems but they were always the same.

Home care, lol. What a joke. Most sat on around playing on phones, on the porch smoking or watching tv. Since only one of the elderly in the home was to receive service, workers complained if the husband left his coffee cup on the counter to be put in a dishwasher. As a result, Mexicaid payed for a set of dishes, silverware, mugs, glasses and Tupperware so the workers would be aware of which items on the counter they needed to put in the dishwasher. The patient was also bought towels so workers knew what towels to wash because heaven forbid you just wash everthing in the towel basket at once. Our electric bill increased substantially over it.

Sorry for the tirade but it just annoys me beyond belief. I really believe we need a single payor health system.
(0)
Report

There are people on this site from multiple countries with multiple systems for providing healthcare. Are we only speaking to the US? Don’t want to assume...
(1)
Report

Feds aka the government already are the primary payor for health care for those over 65 via Medicare and prop up roughly 40% of the various Medicare advantage plans. Plus each state - by the Feds & state laws - are required to have dedicated funding for SNF through LTC Medicaid for those determined to be “at need” for SNCare medically and financially plus whatever else community based programs your state Medicaid has available. I’d bet Medicaid LTC alone already in the high 30% range for health care state dollars if not more for all 50 states.

To me it isn’t that “government” isn’t spending on senior citizens. That’s a fallacy, go to the CMS website and dive in to read just how much $ is spent. Its not more $ needed imho. But to me the issue is how $ is allocated.

Until US finally goes to true single payor system and actuarial index placed as a factor to ICD-10 care orders, the ideas floated out by politicians, AMA, industry lobbyists, big pharma, yada, yada name your group are just a bandaid on the costs of aging in America. The tsunami of baby boomers needing 24/7 oversight type of care probably will hit in 2025/2027 and it will collapse state budgets. Maybe then will a true change happen. Again imho US spends plenty of $ on “senior” health care costs; spending more not the solution. Spending less and spending differently is what needs to happen.
(3)
Report

Definitely not just open to more opinions. If you don't want to help or share you can scroll right past.
(1)
Report

I don't think she is asking us to do the assignment for her! I think she wants options on this topic (research)!
(2)
Report

So my personal experience here.

I think the government gives seniors too many choices and latitude for determining their care. Most people on this site are baby boomers, some like myself, Gen X and younger generations being forced to care for seniors who want to "age in place" but cannot do anything for themselves. These caregivers are losing out on future benefits for themselves, most have developed health problem for themselves and some do not have insurance to care for themselves. It is a cycle that isnt going to get fixed when people who are of working age cannot contribute to Medicare themselves. I believe seniors need to be placed as soon as their needs infringe on others. Social worker, which are useless, need to not threaten people with abuse or neglect claims if they choose not to want to be a caregiver. I think the government should spend less on the elderly and develop an insurance and pay system for the caregivers.

Also, whether anyone likes it or not, everyone dies. Unnecessary procedures need to be stopped. Why does Medicare pay 5k for cataract surgery when a person qualifies for hospice but refuses to go on it? There is alot of waste.
(3)
Report

So are you asking us to do the assignment for you?
(1)
Report

This discussion has been closed for comment. Start a New Discussion.

Start a Discussion

Subscribe to
Our Newsletter