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The Effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the Delivery of Medical Services

Matson CC, Holleman WL, Nosek MA, Wilkinson W. The effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the delivery of medical services. National Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Private Sector 1993;8(3):115-20.


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities by medical professionals and facilities. Pre-employment medical evaluations are prohibited by the law. Medical evaluations may be performed after an offer of employment, but before job assignment has been made. Employment may be conditional on results only if medical confidentiality is protected, exclusionary criteria are job-related and are applied universally, and do not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. The law assures that persons with disabilities will have equal access to medical care, through prohibiting discrimination based on disability; and through the design and construction of medical offices.

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