Thursday, May 8, 2008
Presidential Candidates Not Talking about Long-Term Care
The New England Journal of Medicine has an opinion piece by Doctor David G. Stevenson, Harvard Medical School. He criticizes the current presidential candidates' unwillingness to discuss long-term care, how it will be addressed and how it will be paid for by our increasingly aging population. This interesting graphic is from the article. It shows the rate at which our population is aging and contrasts it with projected spending on long-term care for the elderly. The piece doesn't specifically address death—but it addresses the unwillingness of our leaders to talk about end-of-life issues.