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from: Senior Health Care Costs


The sector of senior health care is one of the fastest developing sectors in the recent years. An increasing number of funds and resources are now being dedicated for the growth of this sector, by the developed as well as the developing countries.

One of the main aspects of development of the senior health care sector is the level and kind of senior health care costs involved in the process.

Key areas and cost implications

First, it is important to understand, which areas of senior health care tend to cost relatively higher. To begin with, the costliest element of senior health care costs is perhaps the medication and operative costs. Nowadays, especially with the advent of new disease and pain management techniques, the health care costs have spiraled up to new limits, leading to a major increase in the senior health care costs.

Secondly, the vast amount of lifestyle changes in the previous years has also led to an increase in the senior health care costs. Research shows that on an average, individuals now work for a greater number of years as compared to the earlier times.

With improved health facilities, the general state of health as well as life expectancy has improved. This enables a greater number of people to work well beyond the standard retirement age. This in turn has also led to an increase in the demand for good quality health facilities, thereby increasing the level of overall senior health care costs.

Another aspect of senior health care that tends to fall quite expensive is the health care infrastructure. With the overall inflation and rise in prices of general commodities, the basic infrastructure required for health care has also become more expensive. Similarly, senior health care costs have also risen multifold in terms of infrastructural requirements such as day care centers, hospitals and the like.

Cost Effectiveness

It is very important to keep uniformity in the senior health care costs to help prevent any adverse effect on the overall development of the senior health care sector.

The first step in this regard is to keep stringent laws and policies, which govern the costs being levied on senior health care. The administration should lay down proper norms for charging for services and products related to senior health care. This, in turn will help to achieve a balance in the way in which the senior health care costs rise in general.

Secondly, the consumer needs to be more aware of his rights and responsibilities. The elders or their family members should be aware of the general price trends and report any irregularities to the concerned authorities. This will prevent any unethical practices from causing the senior health care costs to rise unreasonably.










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