Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
VERAS, Renato Peixoto. International experiences and trends in health care models for the elderly . Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.1, pp.231-238. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000100025.
The profound socio-economic transformation occurring in Brazil is also driven by the demographic changes. Health expenditures will increase due to the aging population and increased use of health services. The National Agency for Supplementary Health published a resolution that encourages the participation of beneficiaries in health insurance programs for active aging, with the possibility of discounts in fees. Thus, the elderly now receive cash benefits to adhere to preventive health programs and early detection of diseases. We assessed the programs in the U.S. and UK, analyzing their successes and failings, which may assist in the formulation of health policies that are more appropriate and more cost-effective for the Brazilian elderly. This Opinion article seeks to demonstrate to Brazilian operators that it is time to change and to elicit discussions about the need for new strategies. A creative focus should be directed to the care of the elderly, who are the ones who suffer the effects of their own weakness and demand more health services.
Keywords : Aging; Health expenditures; Healthcare models; Health promotion; Maintenance of functional capacity.