Health Care Abuse

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“Of all the shocking and inhuman in society, the lack of access to health care is the most inhumane.” (Allender, Rector, & Warner, 2014). Based on the 2010 Census, almost 50 million Americans were uninsured and without equal access to healthcare services due to exponential costs resulting from lack of coverage (Gibbens, 2012). According to Gibbens (2012), 54% of patients reported delaying recommended care, filling prescriptions, or visiting a provider due to unaffordability of care. The impoverishing effects of our health care system have caused 1.5 million families to lose their homes every year and almost 3,000 to file bankruptcy daily (Gibbens, 2012). The United States spends four times as much on health delivery than on national defense …show more content…

Abuse is defined as the willful infliction of physical pain, injury, or mental anguish upon an older adult, or willful deprivation by a caretaker of services necessary for physical and mental health (Falk, Baigis, & Kopac, 2012). Elder mistreatment is unrecognized, hidden, underreported, and encompasses a broad range of abuse including self-neglect, financial exploitation, and emotional harm, all of which require a different type of intervention (Falk et al., 2012). Screening and assessment are necessary to determine whether an elderly person is being abused, exploited or neglected by someone or if he or she is unable to provide self-care (Falk et al., 2012). In March 2010, the Elder Justice Act (EJA) was passed as a part of the Affordable Care Act, which authorizes federal response to elder abuse through training, services, and demonstration programs (Dong, 2012). Part I of EJA calls for the formation of an Elder Justice Coordinating Council comprised of federal government representatives charged with the responsibility of administering programs for the promotion of elder justice (Falk et al., 2012). The Council is to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on the issue of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly (Falk et al., 2012). Part II focuses on the authorization of programs aimed at enhancing long-term care (Falk et al.,

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