Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Ensuring Access to Health Care for Patients With Disabilities

Ensuring Access to Health Care for Patients With Disabilities Opinion Ensuring Access to Health Care for Patients VIEWPOINT With Disabilities Patients with disabilities face barriers when they at- sicians. Moreover, patients may hesitate to bring com- Tara Lagu, MD, MPH Center for Quality of tempt to access health care. These barriers include plaints or lawsuits against physicians with whom they Care Research, physical barriers to entering health care establish- have longstanding personal relationships. Patients Baystate Medical ments, lack of accessible equipment, lack of a safe with disabilities often need ongoing care and may be Center, Springfield, method for transferring the patient to an examination concerned about retaliation. Individual lawsuits are Massachusetts; Department of table, and the lack of policies that facilitate access. The also burdensome to the legal system, resented by Medicine, Tufts barriers persist despite 2 federal laws (the Americans physicians, and an ineffective way to catalyze system- University School of With Disabilities Act [ADA] of 1990 and Section 504 of wide changes. Although hundreds of disability access Medicine, Boston, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) that explicitly state that cases related to the ADA have been brought against Massachusetts; and Division of General health care settings must be accessible to patients with physicians, hospitals, and health plans, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Ensuring Access to Health Care for Patients With Disabilities

Loading next page...
 
/lp/american-medical-association/ensuring-access-to-health-care-for-patients-with-disabilities-ebGHzk0eH0
Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6740
pmid
25486022
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Opinion Ensuring Access to Health Care for Patients VIEWPOINT With Disabilities Patients with disabilities face barriers when they at- sicians. Moreover, patients may hesitate to bring com- Tara Lagu, MD, MPH Center for Quality of tempt to access health care. These barriers include plaints or lawsuits against physicians with whom they Care Research, physical barriers to entering health care establish- have longstanding personal relationships. Patients Baystate Medical ments, lack of accessible equipment, lack of a safe with disabilities often need ongoing care and may be Center, Springfield, method for transferring the patient to an examination concerned about retaliation. Individual lawsuits are Massachusetts; Department of table, and the lack of policies that facilitate access. The also burdensome to the legal system, resented by Medicine, Tufts barriers persist despite 2 federal laws (the Americans physicians, and an ineffective way to catalyze system- University School of With Disabilities Act [ADA] of 1990 and Section 504 of wide changes. Although hundreds of disability access Medicine, Boston, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) that explicitly state that cases related to the ADA have been brought against Massachusetts; and Division of General health care settings must be accessible to patients with physicians, hospitals, and health plans,

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 2015

References