Have you experienced ageism in the medical field?
Ageism in health care can be observed in many forms, including the lack of services for older adults, age-based decision-making in health and age budget; making arrangements about the quality of older people’s lives; paternalism, and gender bias.
Ageism can be visible on granting health care resources, the particular burdens of the individual, spouse or partner, other families, and the state. It has been seen that as an institution of society, the health system preserves ageist assumptions. Thus, cultural perceptions of seniors can legitimate differential treatment, which can be continued in health care delivery.
There is growing international research on the paternalistic and ageist ways older adults are treated inside the health care systems. Seniors are consistently singled out as the most expensive demographically defined group of health care users. It’s a cliché for reporters and many health policy authorities to say that X percent of people over 65 are responsible for XX percent of the health care budget. Indeed older people do use disproportionately more care than their younger counterparts as well they should.
People deal with chronic diseases as they age, and some disorders begin in later life. The unreflective repetition of this almost irrational claim about the high use of health care by seniors (like the increased use of health care by sick people) does have something to do with ageism.