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Subject: How much will this cost us? Date: 10/10/2012 4:35 PM
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Here's an excerpt taken straight from the ObamaCare act:

http://www.access-board.gov/news/medical-equipment.htm

SEC. 4203. REMOVING BARRIERS AND IMPROVING ACCESS TO WELLNESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 791 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end of the following:

SEC. 510. ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR ACCESSIBLE MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT.

(a) Standards - Not later than 24 months after the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board shall, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, promulgate regulatory standards in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act setting forth the minimum technical criteria for medical diagnostic equipment used in (or in conjunction with) physician's offices, clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, and other medical settings. The standards shall ensure that such equipment is accessible to, and usable by, individuals with accessibility needs, and shall allow independent entry to, use of, and exit from the equipment by such individuals to the maximum extent possible.

(b) Medical Diagnostic Equipment Covered - The standards issued under subsection (a) for medical diagnostic equipment shall apply to equipment that includes examination tables, examination chairs (including chairs used for eye examinations or procedures, and dental examinations or procedures), weight scales, mammography equipment, x-ray machines, and other radiological equipment commonly used for diagnostic purposes by health professionals.
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Of course every hospital and clinic above a certain size should have equipment that is accessible to everyone. But rather than a hospital having one scale and one exam table and one xray machine and one CT-scan that can accommodate disabled people, it sounds like all facilities will be required to change out all their equipment to comply, including every doctor's office. That could get real expensive real fast if every scanning machine and every table and scale has to accommodate, for example, patients who weigh 600 lbs.

I remember a ruling in California some years ago that every prison be expensively retrofitted to accommodate disabled prisoners. Somebody wanted to keep all such prisoners in one retrofitted prison but the government or the court or whoever it was insisted in expensively retrofitting all of them. I don't know if that ever got done but it's the same mentality at work.

What next -- eye charts that read out the letters for blind patients?

--fleg

P.S. Good advice to incoming college freshmen: Study hard and maybe some day you can serve on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.
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