Saturday, January 14, 2006

British elderly

Currently, in Britain, retirement benefits are paid to men at age 65 and to women at age 60. The government provides services for the handicapped. Ninety-eight percent of Britain's practicing general physicians are part of the National Health Service. The service provides full, and in most cases, free service to all residents. A patient is free to choose his or her own doctor and pays only part of the costs for such things as prescriptions, eyeglasses, and dentures. The program is financed through taxation. Each resident contributes about $30 per year in taxes.
Twigg, H. D. "Enter the Age of Age," in Aging, Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 17. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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