(Medscape) – Physicians are often accused of providing too much care to elderly patients at the end of life, but there’s evidence that these patients also get far too little care before reaching that point. Years of skimpy treatment for elderly patients in their 70s and beyond impedes their health and may well hasten their death. Providing care to older patients seems to be a hot-button issue for the medical profession. Medscape’s recent 2014 Ethics Survey showed that physicians were divided on whether older patients deserve as much care as younger ones.
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