Journal article

Improving health care for disabled people in COVID-19 and beyond: Lessons from Australia and England

Anne Kavanagh, Helen Dickinson, Gemma Carey, Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Eric Emerson, George Disney, Chris Hatton

DISABILITY AND HEALTH JOURNAL | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing difficulties children and adults with disability face accessing quality health care. Some people with disability are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because they require support for personal care and are unable to physically distance, e.g. those living in congregate settings. Additionally, some people with disability have health conditions that put them at higher risk of poor outcomes if they become infected. Despite this, governments have been slow to recognise, and respond to, the unique and diverse health care needs of people with disability during COVID-19. While some countries, including Australia, have improved access to high-quality health..

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