This week’s Last Week Tonight took a deep dive into the United States’ complicated system of long-term care for the elderly. Spoiler alert: We’re doing a terrible job of things, except when it comes to the wealthy, who are fine. As John Oliver explains, if you can afford it, you can look forward to spending your retirement surrounded by Italian marble and tacky designer plates. If you’re not rich, however, you just have to hope you don’t end up in the kind of facility that prescribes unnecessary treatments to defraud Medicare. Or throws residents out on the street in favor of people who can pay more. Or lets patients sit around in unchanged diapers all day. Or lets them get eaten alive by alligators. Seriously, it’s bad out there.


Source/more:  Slate