post- britta

    October 10, 2022

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The projected demands from an increasing elderly population on the nation’s healthcare system along with the accessibility and advancement of life-extending technology, has society begging the question of how we will meet the future demands of healthcare. According to Garza (2016), as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) “the number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050,” (Garza, 2016, para. 1). This leaves society confronted with the issue of determining how to properly allocate the nations already limited healthcare resources to this future elderly population and still uphold appropriate ethical standards.  
Craig (2010), states that from an ethical standpoint, society must incorporate rights, merit, need, and priority of healthcare when assisting the geriatric population and appropriately allocating healthcare resources. Every person should have the right to equal access to healthcare, but in a system with already limited resources success rate of a necessary treatment should be evaluated and utilized based on what will produce the most effective outcomes, this is known as merit. Take for instance end-of-life dilemmas, as nurses we are bound by our ANA Code of Ethics and must respect our patient’s personal beliefs and values, but it is also the nurse’s responsibility to maintain educated and informed choices for both the patient and patient’s family. Ultimately, when planning for this growing population and determining such dilemmas as end-of-life care, it is imperative to ensure we are not only adding years to life, but life to years. Although, according to Crippen

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