The things my wife sees are things like patients being denied moisturising cream to relieve dry skin which is causing itchiness etc because the patients family doesn't want to spend $10 on it, or a person with irritable bowel and restricted movement having to live in a ward and go in a pan in front of everyone else.
The things that people will do to their relatives just so they get to inherit that little bit more money is quiet eye opening when you see it from the side of the care homes.
Yes, the cream example is shocking.
I have a working class friend in India. He lives far from me, we see maybe twice a year. He always wants to help others. But he is not in a financial position to afford. I saw that one of his tooth got rotten. I gave him 130 $ to get it fixed and insisted that the money is used specifically for this purpose. I told him I will check it.
Next time I saw him the tooth got worse. He told me his mother got high diabetis. He spent the money for the hospital.
This friend has brothers. He used to live with his family in his parents' home. But there was a brother with two children in the same house who never bought food. Similar if my friend wanted to buy colour pencils for his two children, two more children of the brother would also use them. Finally that friend left the house. His brother remained.
When the blood sugar of the mother rose to dangerous levels the leisure minded brother took his wife and children and went to his wife's mother.
My friend belongs to a minority group where the house is inherited by the youngest brother, which means the useless guy. I said to my friend that his parents have a house. If they rely only on him they should transfer the house in his name. Otherwise they should sell their house.
I believe the mother would rather die than sell her house. Property in the West is personal possession, but in other cultures it is to be passed from generation to generation. And she is right. Their family background is poor. Why to destroy the little bit of security she can pass along? Her life won't become very enjoyable again. But then I find it annoying that she takes all money from one son who struggles himself financially.
So what is the value of life?