Testimonials on access to health

Testimonials on access to health

 On the 2nd of December, EDF published testimonials on access to healthcare and the right to health of persons with disabilities. They were published at the occasion of the webinar on health part of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities organised with the European Commission.

The testimonials, which also include blog articles and communication material from EDF members include the perspectives of persons with different types of disabilities, from persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, to Deafblind persons.

I am a Deafblind person and I had to attend a mammography examination. The nurse harshly pulled me in the dispensary and no one explained anything to me. I didn’t know what was going on and I was so scared that I started to cry.

Psychiatric hospitalization and treatment without consent make a person never want to see another doctor – any doctor – again. Coercion leads to fear, a loss of trust in care and compromises the prognosis. Coercion must be abolished in all health and social care settings and free and informed consent to all types of care or treatment must be the rule in our common interest.

I have been in hospital many times in my life. I need information in Easy-to-Read format to understand what is happening when I am in hospital or getting ready for surgery.  I have never had Easy to Read information in a hospital.

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EDF Health Testimonies


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Marine Uldry – Human Rights Officer
Twitter: @Marine_Uldry