Health Care for the Elderly in Developing Countries Comparison Essay by Suzannah

Health Care for the Elderly in Developing Countries
A brief discussion on the provision of health care for the elderly in developed vs. developing countries.
# 153848 | 801 words | 7 sources | APA | 2014 | GB
Published on Mar 26, 2014 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Aging (General)

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The paper discusses how the majority of developed countries have comprehensive health care plans for the elderly since they perceive the elderly as the responsibility of the individual, employer, and state. The paper then discusses how developing countries such as India and Japan lack adequate health care services and facilities for their aging citizens and do not have any form of social or economic framework in place for their care. The paper mentions the "The Silver Age - India" documentary that addresses the health care challenges faced by developing nations.

From the Paper:

"While the populations of both developed and developing societies are aging, thus meaning that both are facing significant challenges in relation to providing care for older people, the differences in relation to the provision of care are significant because of various factors. Developed countries, for example, have traditionally provided extensive health programs and facilities through universal care packages, which enable older people to access medical services, day care programs, and long-term residential care. As such, and although developed nations are facing significant challenges in relation to their aging societies, they do have comprehensive health care plans already in effect that are meeting the needs of a large proportion of older populations (Meyhew, 2000). In contrast, many developing nations are struggling to provide their elderly people with adequate health care.
"The culture of countries such as India and Japan was traditionally rooted in communal living, thus placing significance on the extended family. Unlike the West, which tends to perceive health care for the elderly as being a responsibility of the state, the vast majority of developing nations perceived it as being a family duty, but this notion has been transformed through social change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BBC (2001). Online article: 'More people will pay for health care.' Retrieved 07/08/2011 from:<>
  • Champlin, Dell P; Knoedler, Janet T. 'Universal Health Care and the Economics of Responsibility.' Journal Title: Journal of Economic Issues. Volume: 42. Issue: 4. Publication Year: 2008. Page Number: 913+. COPYRIGHT 2008 Association for Evolutionary Economics; COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning.
  • Dutt, Debashis (1998). Online article: 'Care for the growing number of elderly people in developing countries needs to be addressed." In British Medical Journal, May 2, 1998; 316(7141): 1387. Retrieved 07/08/2011 from:<>
  • Flood, Colleen M. Book Title: International Health Care Reform: A Legal, Economic, and Political Analysis. Publisher: Routledge. Place of Publication: London. Publication Year: 2000.
  • Meyhew, Leslie (2000). Online article: 'Health and Elderly Care Expenditure in an Aging World.' Published by The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria. Retrieved 07/08/2011 from:<>

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