A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System Is Failing the Elderly

Paperback | September 28, 2009

byJohn Sloan

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An investigation into why the health care system does not work for old people, who are in fragile health, and what we can do about it.

Medical treatment of elderly people is not working. Worse, it is often harmful, says author John Sloan, a family physician who has worked primarily with the elderly for more than twenty years. In A Bitter Pill, he examines why medical treatment—from modern medicine's one-size-fits-all prevention strategy to hospital stays that don't benefit anyone—is failing them and identifies solutions to the problem.

In clear, accessible language, Sloan argues that we must understand what people in poor health at the end of their lives really need: comfort, dignity, and quality of life. He also argues that caregivers, sons, daughters, nurses, doctors, and social workers—all of us—must assume responsibility for what happens to the elderly and give these loved ones the kind of care we hope, one day, someone will give us.

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An investigation into why the health care system does not work for old people, who are in fragile health, and what we can do about it.Medical treatment of elderly people is not working. Worse, it is often harmful, says author John Sloan, a family physician who has worked primarily with the elderly for more than twenty years. In A Bitte...

John Sloan, MD is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and has spent most of his thirty years of practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He has lectured throughout Canada and in Europe and the United States, and is sought after as an inspirational speaker on ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 28, 2009Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1. Welcome to Our Health Care System, Mary McCarthy Chapter 2. The Dependent Elderly: All the Wrong Stuff Chapter 3. Where One-Size-Fits-All Health Care Came From Chapter 4. The Dependent Elderly Meet the Cookbook System: Not What the Doctor Ordered Chapter 5. How the Square Peg Fares: Some Mangles from the Forced Bad Fit Chapter 6. You Should See the Other Guy Chapter 7. Lock Them up and Throw Away the Key Chapter 8. Nobody Asked Us: What Dependent Old People Want and Need Chapter 9. Starting Back: Healthier Health Care Chapter 10. Mary McCarthy Revisited Notes References Index