The Old Age Challenge to the Biomedical Model: Paradigm Strain and Health Policy

1st Edition

Charles F Longino

Published June 15, 1995
Reference - 169 Pages
ISBN 9780895031655 - CAT# Y316919
Series: Society and Aging Series

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Central to this book is the idea that the United States is in the midst of a health care crisis, one that will be exacerbated as the population continues to age. Longino and Murphy trace the philosophical and technological development of the biomedical model and show its inadequacy to deal with the massive chronic disease demand of the present and the future. They argue that the delivery of health care will meet and survive the old age challenge only if the medical system is thoroughly democratized. A more inclusive system must be devised that encourages a more reasonable allocation of resources, gives more attention to prevention, adopts a wider range of non-medical interventions, and invites citizens to become more involved in their own health care and the planning of services.


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