The authors describe the situation of the aged in Hungary with a particular focus on the medical and ethical problems that health professionals have to face.
The sa-called post-communist transitional period is characterised by both economic and moral crisis.
The country has a serious foreign debt problem as well as high rate of unemployment and crime, a considerable price inflation, and the pauperisation at the people, particularly among the old.
The old are defined as those who have reached refinement age, which is 55 for women and 60 for men.
Hungary lacks the kind of incentives that would provide good reasons to live much beyond the age of 60.
There is neither a suitable culture for old age nor economic security, and this seriously undermines the independence and autonomy of the old.
Neither family nor institutional care for the elderly is adequate.
Although over 20 per cent of the population are refined, they are not organized as a political power that would effectively represent them.
The health care system is in crises and the elderly suffer the most because of it.
Therapeutic nihilism and both over-treatment and under-treatment of the aged is common.
Among the old, the suicide rate is high.
Because of a lack of funds, an inadequate number of experts, indifference to rehabilitation, and the infrequent use of technological interventions, home and institutional care are inadequate.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hongrie, Politique sanitaire, Politique sociale, Vieillard, Sénescence, Crise économique, Ethique, Europe, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hungary, Health policy, Social policy, Elderly, Senescence, Economic crisis, Ethics, Europe, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0213656
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 09/06/1995.