The purpose of this paper is to assess disabled persons' access to health care, and highlight barriers.
A total of 245 rural men and women with physical disabilities were interviewed, to determine their level of access to healthcare services. A simple composite mean of the weighted average indices of responses on the effectiveness of healthcare provision, equity, and users' satisfaction was calculated, to assess the overall level of access of the respondents to healthcare. The qualitative component highlighted an array of barriers that prevented the disabled individuals from accessing healthcare services.
The results indicated that access to the so‐called “inclusive” public healthcare for both males and females with physical disabilities was poor. The barriers identified were related to the built environments, healthcare delivery processes, and ceiling of health subsidies. The findings suggest that the absence of advocacy of disability rights and failure to adopt circumstantial equities at dispensing levels have resulted in the collapse of the promotion of disability rights at grassroots levels.
The study is location specific (rural), and it mainly focuses on individuals with physical disabilities in working‐age (15‐35 years) to assess their access to the rural healthcare.
Having an effective healthcare provision in an area and its equal access to both males and females is crucially important for their social and economic development. In this paper, the assessment of access to healthcare provides both an aggregated and a disaggregated picture by gender, which is poor for individuals with physical disabilities.
Ahmad, M. (2013), "Health care access and barriers for the physically disabled in rural Punjab, Pakistan", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 33 No. 3/4, pp. 246-260. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443331311308276Download as .RIS
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