Experts agree–the U.S. has achieved the most technologically advanced medical care system in the world and it provides the highest quality, most comprehensive medical education available. Can we conclude that our health care system is one of America's success stories? It appears–we cannot. However, amid growing concern over our health care system, there is far less agreement on what to do about it. Jennie Kronenfeld addresses major health care controversies confronting American society, health care professionals, and policymakers. This intriguing book focuses on the overlapping area between policy sciences and health care studies, particularly the cost, access, and quality of health care. Kronenfeld discusses whether our system can solve its problems, or whether we have a health care “system” at all. Do we have a national health care “policy,” or a web of state, county, and city policies? And, what of fundamental changes being adopted in the midst of the controversies surrounding reproductive health and abortion, mental health and behavioral health, disease patterns/physical health/AIDS, aging and long-term care, as well as the professions and facilities who provide care? A provocative examination of these important issues, Controversial Issues in Health Care Policy is essential reading for students of policy studies, health services, and sociology, as well as for policymakers, and health care professionals.
Chapter 5: Aging and Long-Term Care
Aging and Long-Term Care
The aging of the U.S. population is one of the most important social trends of the past half-century and also of the next 50 years. Related to the aging of the population are increased needs for health care services, including regular physician care, hospital-based care, and perhaps particularly important, long-term care. Long-term care includes care for chronic and other conditions in which the goal of most treatment is control and maintenance, not cure. The types of services included under long-term care are nursing home services; medically oriented home health services, such as visiting nursing care and physical therapy; and homemaker-type home care services, such as meal preparation and light housekeeping. In addition, special services, such as congregate living ...