(Snippets from the frontline)
Society needs roads, bridges, and power to function. Likewise, the human body has an infrastructure requiring vision, hearing, and good teeth.
Physiologic infrastructure deteriorates with age, yet regrettably, Medicare does not cover glasses, hearing aids, or dental work.
Some say it should be payed for by the individual, but these costs are exorbitant. Certainly there is also an argument that Medicare is already financially stretched to it’s limit.
Let me be politically naive and provide a simple solution: Take 0.1% of the yearly defense budget (about $600 million) and transfer it to Medicare for these services. It would boost senior quality of life, improve health, and may ultimately lessen Medicare costs.
Seniors who molded, strengthened, and defended our nation deserve a much needed retrofitting of their infrastructure.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.