‘Healthspan’ medical care: Pushing a ‘duty to die’?

‘Healthspan’ medical care: Pushing a ‘duty to die’?

[Ed. – Sounds like that’s exactly what it’s doing, if this is supposed to be a policy for a society-wide health care “system.”  Those terms mean institutionalizing priorities.]

Now in “From Lifespan to Healthspan,” published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), University of Illinois professor S. Jay Olshansky argues that it is time to shift medicine’s focus — starting at age 65 — away from “life extension” to maintaining quality of life or years of healthy living, which he calls “healthspan”:

With death inevitable, the modern attempt to counteract aging-related diseases reveals a phenomenon known as competing risks.  . . . For example, finding a cure for cancer may cause an unintended increase in the prevalence of Alzheimer disease.

The inescapable conclusion from these observations is that life extension should no longer be the primary goal of medicine when applied to people older than 65 years of age.

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