How The Uk Government Policies Overcome The Barriers Elderly People Face When Accessing Healthcare Services

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Introduction In the UK people has more life expectancy and the proportion of elderly people is raising. Older people are soften frail and have more complex health and social care needs, which increase the pressure in the healthcare system. It has to meet elderly people needs, however, elderly people are to facing many barriers when accessing healthcare services. Some of these barriers are going to be studied in this research. Those are: transport, knowledge and information, and hospital discharge. UK Government is aware of the problems elderly people have in these areas and has policies to overcoming them, however older patients are still facing barriers that complicate their access to necessary services that compromise their health. Aim…show more content…
In order to know it the effectiveness of Governmental policies, it would be important to know the point of view of elderly people, to understand which barriers they are still facing and what they consider they need to access healthcare services. The project will focus in three specific barriers: Transport, waiting times and delays to discharge patients from hospitals. Transport and waiting times have been currently described in the literature as frequent barriers elderly people have. On the other hand, delays to discharge patients from hospitals are an issue that has increased sharply in the last years and is alarming patients’ organisations. Research questions 1. How successful government strategies are overcoming barriers that elderly people have to access health services? 2. How can they be improved? Theoretical framework Although the health has improved in general, it is distributed inequality within the population. Theories of social selection consider that personal characteristics as age determine individuals’ health. According to them, age also influences health related behaviours. It makes people responsible for their own health (White, 2009). On the other hand, materialist theories examine health inequalities as a result of inequalities in social structures as resources provided by the public sector. The UK
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