Advances in medical technology and research are making it possible for people to live longer. Most people would agree this is generally a good thing, but there are real challenges presented by our ever increasing longevity of life.
Government programs such as social security and medicare are now at risk because of the tremendous cost of funding the most advanced health care available to mankind. The prospects for future generations being able to enjoy the same “golden age” retirement benefits that were available for their parents and grandparents is becoming less and less likely.
Another controversial point of discussion, is the “end of life care” issue. Should these decisions be strictly up to the family and their doctor, or should there be government guidelines and policies in place that level the playing field, but restrict what is offered with consideration to cost and quality of life issues.
Share your thoughts on some of the issues presented in this writing prompt? What is your opinion on some of these pressing social issues that will face future generations?
Word Bank - diagnostic tests; health insurance; medicare; uninsured; life expectancy; infant mortality; fairness; national debt; higher taxes;
May we prompt you?
1. Write about a health care challenge that someone in your family has faced.
2. Should health insurance be mandated for those who can afford it?
3. Who do you think should make health care decisions for those lack the mental abilities to do so.
4. Think of some creative ways to encourage people to save money by taking better care of themselves.
5. Advanced medical technology is extending life expectancy, but sometimes without not with quality of life. Discuss this sensitive issue.
6. What kind of personal characteristics do you think are important for those who work in the health care field?