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Houston, Texas

People discussing health of women with disabilities
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Webcast outline, April 24, 2002

Access to Health Care for Women with Disabilities

Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D. and Carol Howland


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1. Introduction

2. Financial barriers

  • Unemployment
  • Being single
  • Low income
  • Lack of health insurance

3. Problems with health insurance

  • Needed services, equipment, supplies, and medications denied or not covered
  • Inadequate access to specialists
  • Inadequate access to knowledgeable primary care providers

4. Environmental inaccessibility

  • Low compliance with ADA
  • Architectural inaccessibility
  • Equipment inaccessibility

5. Recommendations for individuals and ILCs

  • Don't take no for an answer!
  • Be persistent.
  • Alert medical professionals to your needs in advance.
  • Be prepared.
    • Look up your health problems on the Internet.
    • Make a list of questions in advance.
    • Be a partner with your health care provider.
    • Participate actively in decision-making about your health.
    • Ask for clarification if you don't understand the explanation
  • Look up issues discussed on the Internet.
  • Use this as an opportunity to educate your provider.

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