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Elderly patients may face discrimination

August 19, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
When it comes to emergency medical care older patients may face age discrimination.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that many older trauma patients never make it to the best treatment centers. They also found that the odds of being transported to a top trauma center first drops at age 50 and once a patient reaches age 70, it's even lower.

Experts believe emergency crews may have a subconscious age bias, opting for more aggressive care when a patient is younger.


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