Thursday, September 13, 2007

In the News: Inaccessible Medical Equipment

Take a moment to consider a basic part of a doctor's office: the exam table. What if you weren't able to climb up on that hard, plastic table with the crinkly, white paper? Frail elderly people often can't, and they need the most medical care. Younger people with disabilities often can't climb onto the exam table, either.

There is a lot of medical equipment that requires patients to stand or climb, and the inability to use that equipment can keep people from getting the medical care they need.

This is an excerpt from a September 13 story on NPR's Morning Edition. Although it does not reference multiple sclerosis specifically, the challenges of accessing medical and diagnostic equipment are common in the MS community. This story helps bring some attention to this important issue. Click here to read or listen to the entire NPR story.

1 comment:

Diane J Standiford said...

We all need to demand that our medical clinics, hospitals. dentists, optometrists, doctors,etc. stop goofing off and comply with the ADA. The have had 17 years!

Check out my issues with this on my blog: