Here's an excerpt taken right out of the ObamaCare act:http://www.access-board.gov/news/medical-equipment.htmSEC. 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._________________________Of course every hospital and clinic above a certain size should have equipment that is usable by everyone. But rather than a hospital having one scale and one exam table and one xray machine that can accommodate disabled people, it sounds like all facilities will be required to change out all their equipment to comply. And every doctor office. That could get real expensive real fast if every scanning machine and every table has to accommodate 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 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?--flegP.S. Advice to high school seniors: Study hard and maybe someday you can serve on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.
worse, it is forcing communities to buy brand new expensive ambulances that can haul 600 lb fatties to the hospital 3 times a month for treatment.....at $1500 a pop under "Medicaid".....Those new ambulances cost at least $100,000 each.....And those MRI machines are several million.....t.
It's the new jobs bill....you break all the windows so folks have to spend 1 trillion upgrading every single medical facility, every single hospital bed, every diagnostic machine...every ambulance....Soon, it will be taxpayers paying to enlarge the front doors of 'disabled' people who weigh 600 lbs in the 'event' they need to go to the hospital. But instead of breaking windows, they just obsoleted every hospital bed and machine, and every ambulance. t
Of course every hospital and clinic above a certain size should have equipment that is usable by everyone. But rather than a hospital having one scale and one exam table and one xray machine that can accommodate disabled people, it sounds like all facilities will be required to change out all their equipment to comply.Its already bad.A few years ago was eating lunch with an OB/Gyn. She was having her office "remodeled". Some review group came through and complained that she only had one disabled exam room and only one disabled bathroom.She had 6 exam rooms going down a long hallway, with a bathroom at each end. The disabled exam room was next to the disabled bathroom. Which was the closest to the waiting room.But that wasn't compliant enough.JLC
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