..."Even at the policy level, the situation is not very encouraging. Geriatrics or old age care is not a priority for the government as most planners see it as wasteful expenditure with no future returns. According to Dr Ray, the recent trend is to club old age care with the non-communicable disease programme.
In addition, to ensure the availability of more specialized doctors for senior citizens, there is a need to increase the number of beds for older patients in all hospitals and to reduce the cost of care. This, HelpAge believes, can only be done by providing either free or subsidised medicines, proper insurance as healthcare for the aged demands enhanced funding.
It also believes that long term care policies need nuanced deliberations to create an environment that provides the elderly equal opportunities, protects their rights and enables their full participation in society." ...