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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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Older People and Healthcare

Older People and Healthcare

(p.270) 8 Older People and Healthcare
Older People in Law and Society

Jonathan Herring (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter considers the health care services offered to the elderly. In particular, it reviews claims that ‘age-based rationing’ takes place within the NHS and addresses the debate as to whether age should be a factor in making rationing decisions. It briefly looks at the issue of palliative care and euthanasia. It considers the broader issue of the extent to which old age is itself a disease and the ‘cult of the youth’. This involves a consideration of cosmetic surgery and other ‘anti-ageing’ treatments.

Keywords:   age discrimination, ageism, health, anti-ageing, beauty, rationing, fair innings, age-based rationing, NHS, palliative care

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