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Global shift from premature death to chronic disability

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by MeSci, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

    Cornwall, UK
    Interesting review article in New England Journal of Medicine 1st August 2013.

    It is long, and covers a range of global health issues, but of particular interest to us perhaps is the fact that:

    This would appear to be somewhat at odds with attempts by governments to reduce welfare budgets by trying to force sick people back to work, and indicates perhaps that welfare levels should increase rather than decrease to adapt to the increasing number of chronically-disabled people.

    On the other hand, these policies are perhaps achieving a money-saving aim by causing numbers of disabled people to die, shifting the balance a little towards how it was in 'the good old days.'

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  2. currer

    currer Senior Member

    As far as I know the department of health does not keep statistics on the relative frequency of different diseases in the British population, which is odd because it would be easy to do.

    I always thought is strange that our government can simply decree that there are too many disabled people claiming benefit, because the numbers of disabling conditions could genuinely be increasing, and if they are we need to know about it, so that we can try to find out why and do something to protect society.
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  3. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

    What do they think happened to the disabled and sick before medicine recognised their problems, and before there was any kind of state support?

    Did these problems simply not exist?

    What they really want is for us to just shut up, go away, and not remind them anymore of this stuff, so they can go on wallowing in their nasty little ideological morality-play fantasy, free from the ravages of reality.
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  4. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Hibernating

    South Australia
    They were either supported by their families/friends, or had a much reduced life expectancy (to put it politely).
  5. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem All Good Things Must Come to an End

    While disability has always existed, according to the report it is increasing.


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