Treatment of the aged is a test by which to judge the moral character of a society. "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head and honor the face of the old man" (Leviticus l9:32) is a commandment with renewed significance. In a time of rapidly increasing longevity and rising medical costs, our society cannot ignore the plight of millions of elderly citizens who cannot meet the expenses of serious or protracted illness.
The requirement to demonstrate inability to pay before receiving medical care will limit the number of people receiving aid and will infringe upon their dignity. Medical care for the aged is a right to which all citizens are entitled by virtue of living in an enlightened society.
We urge the enactment of legislation which will provide adequate medical care for the aged, whether within the framework of the social security system or other non-profit systems of low cost coverage.