Current Event Paper
“Vulnerable populations can be defined as those who have a greater predisposition or susceptibility to harm than other individuals.” Colin and Gwyn (2010),
There are individuals within the system that have acute or chronic illnesses with no viable means of receiving treatment. In some cases the treatment may not exist. When it does, these individuals may not be economically predisposed to receive it. There are also some who are medically handicapped to the point they could not seek help. Either they have no insurance or have no financial capability to follow up with health maintenance and treatment regimen. Some may have cognitive deficiency or addiction problem and cannot articulate the need for psychiatric attention. Socially vulnerable individuals are those members of a group or population that are undervalue and underserved, such as the homeless and drug addicts. (Gwyn & Colin, 2010). The purpose of this paper is to discuss vulnerable populations in current events from a recent newspaper article. The issues concerning elderly are making big heading lines in this pre election era. The PRNewswire New York newspaper of January 23 2012 discussed top 6 policy issues affecting seniors in 2012.
The article discussed among other things the current governmental issues that affects the elderly in America and the governmental policies that this current administration has put in place to alleviate health care vulnerability of the elderly. The article advocated that the elderly should speak out in this election year on issues that concern their health care services. “While Medicare, Medicaid, and social security are top priorities, and will likely receive the bulk of media attention, NCOA doesn’t anticipate any significant movement on these issues in 2012. However, NCOA has developed a list of the top issues that seniors should understand, track, speak out on in 2012.” Top 6 policy Issues affecting seniors in 2012. (2012). as a vulnerable...