From ramps to orientation systems for blind people to making an appointment online – accessibility is diverse, also in the medical field. Get to know in our current Topic of the Month June "Accessible medical practices" which requirements practices should meet in the best case, what kind of experiences people with different disabilities have made and how the situation is like in Vienna, Austria.
Top quality and – above all – accessible medical care is fundamentally important. After all, this is one aspect of participation explicitly stipulated by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But what does the actual situation in German medical offices look like? And what does accessibility mean exactly in this context?
Many medical practices externally communicate that they are accessible. Yet when patients with disabilities arrive at these locations, they often come to realize that not all is as advertised. That’s why REHACARE.com asked people with different types of disabilities about their experiences during various office visits.
Both the German and the Austrian Constitution stipulate the legal right to freedom of choice of medical providers. Yet this is still not an implicit option for people with disabilities. That’s why the "Information Center for People with Disabilities BIZEPS; Center for a Self-Determined Life" (Behinderteninformationszentrum BIZEPS Zentrum für selbstbestimmtes Leben) in Vienna is dedicated to facilitating accessibility of medical practices.