Multimorbidity—older adults need health care that can count past one

16th February 2015, The Lancet

The health-care needs of older people with multimorbidity, and the extent to which these needs are met, are sharp exemplars of the challenges faced by health-care systems across the world in the 21st century. The increase in longevity in developed and developing countries alike is a testament to the success of 20th-century medicine and economic and social development. Research, policy, and action have transformed our ability to prevent infant mortality, to prevent and treat infectious diseases, and to prevent and treat the great killers in midlife such as heart disease and cancer.