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Judith Healy and Martin McKee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198516187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198516187.001.0001

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Meeting the needs of people with disabilities

Meeting the needs of people with disabilities

(p.55) Chapter 4 Meeting the needs of people with disabilities
Accessing Healthcare

Judith Healy

Martin McKee

Oxford University Press

Disabled people have a major stake in health services, often as regular users, although the experience of many is that disability can be caused not just by their impairment, but by societal barriers and attitudes. Social attitudes during the 20th century to people with disabilities have moved through containment, victims deserving of compensation, a medical approach, to a rights-based approach. The history of societal marginalization of people with disabilities produced a ‘normalization’ push, since separate services, particularly within a medical model, were regarded as stigmatising. Whether people are better served by integrated or specialist care, however, depends upon the person and their particular impairment. The entitlement of disabled people to appropriate health care is based on rights supported in law, and professionals should reflect this view and become more knowledgeable about the health needs of disabled people.

Keywords:   disability, impairment, rights, attitudes, societal barriers, social attitudes, rights-based approach

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