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Do you think this is a case for Telehealth or not?

  1. 1. Do you think this is a case for Telehealth or not?

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As Japan strains to care for elderly, sacrifices begin

By Chico Harlan, Saturday, April 28, 9:01 AM

The Washington Post

NISHINOMIYA, Japan- The ominous demographics of this aging nation have long been seen by Japanese as a distant concern, not a present-day one. But that mind-set is being called into question by a prime minister who says that a crisis requiring immediate sacrifices has already begun.

 

 

 

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I believe in this day and time, telehealth should become a major player with the elderly and disabled. However, I am aware that certain cultures may simply want the elderly to roll over and die without any additional stress and strain on the system. My concern is that as many of us live longer, we won't have that quality of life that is needed to participate fully in the mainstream. Telehealth, if done properly, will give elderly, the disabled, and their caregivers a certain freedom that is not found constantly going to the hospital or doctor. It will especially allow those elderly who are proactive in their health and well-being to stay in the thick of life. Telehealth can reduce overall health care costs and thus aid in reducing morbidity and mortality rates.

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