Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Some disabled people cannot get routine care

If you are in a wheelchair or cannot climb onto the exam table, you may be denied a doctor's appointment for say, a pelvic exam.

In a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a researcher at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Mass General, herself wheelchair-assisted, said disabled people face obstacles to cancer screening and other treatments.

The researchers had medical students and residents make calls to many medical specialties describing a 219-pound, wheelchair-bound, stroke patient.

Many staff refused to make an appointment--often saying they could not get the person on the exam table. Others said the building was not wheelchair accessible.

Most doctors do not have exam tables that lower. These may be required more often under the new healthcare bill (which I refuse to call the Affordable Care Act, because it is not).

Also, not accommodating these people, and cheerfully saying nope, no can do, is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

No comments: