Study shows persons with disabilities view health care access as human right


University of Kansas researchers have published a study about individuals with disabilities’ perspectives on health care policy. Respondents overwhelmingly stated access to health care is vital, and they would like policymakers to pay more attention to their needs.


Scholars analyzed data from 35 phone interviews and survey responses from more than 475 individuals with disabilities about health policy. While the respondents largely reflect the political opinions of American society at large, they tended to agree that health care should be viewed as a human right and that feelings of social exclusion and stigma inform what they would like to tell officials who make health policy in the United States.


“We found that people with disabilities are marginalized and stigmatized and that p