This week on “Yo, Is This Ageist?” Anonymous asked:
My primary care physician has set in place a series of medical procedures to determine the state of my health, although there is no indication that I have any problems. I am 87 and in the pink of health. All these interventions are costly, even though Medicare pays for them. This is disempowering for me, and demoralizing. How should I deal with this? Is it useful for me to name this ageism?
Decline the procedures. Your physician shouldn’t try to compel you to undergo them. Perhaps she thinks she can bully you because of your age, but it sounds more like the bloated US healthcare system at work, especially if she’d order the same set of procedures for a 45-year-old.
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