We sometimes think that ethics should limit technological progress, but it can also inspire them. There is no one medicine but two. There is a medicine which saves, which heals, more exactly which makes healing possible. And another which heals, which relieves without ensuring a definitive cure. It does not aim to restore a good quality of life to the patient. Also, tech thievery and manipulation goes hand in hand with these too. Let’s Take a closer look.
Medical technologies are two-edged sword for elderly
The development of technologies has led to their application to health, then to the daily life of old people. Many of these techniques have gradually passed into the practice of these people or their care even before any ethical questions. So far, it is mainly fears and the precautionary principle that have been let loose. If you listen, you only hear about the obstacles raised by using this progress. We hear that old people could never learn these methods. We hear that medical applications would be unnecessarily expensive and ruin the health system, and society would be created without privacy or freedom, worthy of Big Brother. Let’s take a closer look.
These technologies first offer new answers to old problems. There are many examples:
Medical surveillance is made easier and safer by the multiplication of sensors. More than reducing the human presence, they allow better use and limit the risks associated with the human factor. Being able to postpone this monitoring from the hospital to the home meets the wishes of elderly patients and the concern for the economy.
Allowing a person to see or hear better responds to a need for comfort and autonomy.
Protecting the skin of the person at risk of a pressure ulcer, or preventing a fall, preserves the bodily integrity of the person at risk before saving health.
We can multiply the examples. Anything that improves medical surveillance, disability compensation, access to the city directly benefits the sick or disabled person, increases their living comfort and reduces costs by lowering their dependence on aid or human presence. In addition, the entire able-bodied population, who sees it as more comfortable or easier, demands its use, which lowers costs.
Beware of today’s bogus treatments.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been actors who have sought to profit from the fear generated by the disease by offering bogus cures and treatments.
Teas, essential oils, and intravenous vitamin C therapies are just a few of the purported antiviral treatments. These continue to be present in clinics, online sites, social media, and TV shows.
But the development of coronavirus vaccines has generated a new form of scam. It consists of demanding money in exchange for immunization.
There are also those who falsely claim to sell some of the vaccines developed.
FTC has warned that this fraud is spreading in this country due to the complexity of the vaccine distribution system, which varies by state or territory.
Always-ready scammers take advantage of the confusion.
To avoid fraud, the agency reminds you that you cannot pay to be vaccinated.