VOR Comments to DOJ Requiring Medical Diagnostic Equipment under the ADA
The Department of Justice has sought comments in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring Medical Diagnostic Equipment be available to persons with disabilities under the ADA.
VOR recognizes that medical care for the disability community is often limited and even denied because providers do not have the appropriate equipment or do not have staff trained in using this equipment.
Specifically, VOR supports requiring and enforcing that healthcare providers have medical device equipment (MDE) that allows for disabled patients to receive quality healthcare, ranging from the baseline care of collecting data such as the patient’s weight and fully completing annual physical exams to ensuring more nuanced tests and specific physical exams are conducted without delay.
While VOR recognizes the cost burden on providers, for decades these costs have been placed on the disability community via care denied, delayed or compromised. This has impacted these individuals’ health outcomes, ability to work, and overall quality of life. Further, it has negatively affected the caregivers for these patients as well.