Patients with Disabilities Still Being Turned Away by Doctors

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Lesson Title

Patients with Disabilities Still Being Turned Away by Doctors

Video title, link and release date

Patients with Disabilities Still Being Turned Away by Doctors, May 25, 2013

Video Length

Three minutes, Eight seconds

Grade Level

High school

Summary

  • A new survey conducted in Boston, Dallas, Houston, and Portland by the American College of Physicians has revealed that doctors are turning away patients with disabilities.
  • This rejection violates the American with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability.

  • The “secret shopper” survey found that 22 percent of surveyed medical and surgical specialists stated they would not be able to take on a patient with accommodation issues.

  • Nine of the 256 practices surveyed stated that their buildings were altogether inaccessible to people with physical disabilities.

Review Questions

1. What sort of disability did the “secret shopper” pretend to have?

2. Which types of doctors were found to be less accommodating of people with disabilities?

3. Which types of doctors were found to be more accommodating?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Do you see it as offensive or reasonable that the doctors would deny service to people who are not as easily accommodated? Why?

What do you want to know more about?