|As the Australian population cruises on its ageing trend, health care authorities are looking for solutions to revamp the current system to tackle the problems of a predominantly elderly population, where elder health care discrimination issues are dealt without ensuing discrimination against those in their prime.
The current elder health care discrimination system encompasses health benefits to those from the age of 60, in which medical consultations with general practitioners, as well as medications on a “Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme” list and hospital stays, are covered entirely by the government.
From an objective viewpoint, this presents an equitable approach as most health problems arise at the onset of old age.
Australian elders are, thus, capable of funding their health without having to worry about hospital bills or long lists of expensive medicaments. In turn, this relieves the financial and physical stress off their young relatives who may have to be responsible for their care.
These relatives may also be struggling with their elder health care discrimination and financial matters, as well as raising a young family.
However, in retrospective, certain health conditions - such as diabetes type I, epilepsy, schizophrenia - normally occur in young people from the onset of puberty.
Equally, genetic disorders such as phenylketonuria, Down Syndrome, etc., are waylaid. In these cases, medical costs highly disadvantage the sufferers; and hence, the issue of age elder health care discrimination brings up further questions:
Under what terms and conditions are certain health issues covered the government's health care system? How can the system be utilized as an alternative for private health insurance, in which high-income earners can afford to obtain first-class health services?
Therefore, it is of primary national interest that all Australians are accounted for in terms of health. As the probability of disease increases with age, our elders are to be covered for by the health care system which utilizes statistical tools that take into account their age, type of disease, epidemiological details of the condition, income, and family status.
It is similarly the case with young married couples and single individuals, whereby family earnings, medical conditions and health insurance are taken into consideration. With this approach, we hope that a more equitable, fair and affordable health care system is available to all Australians