Major Health Care Access Settlement Announced
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 4, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC--Two federal lawsuits filed against a Washington-area hospital and a group of California radiology clinics have been settled in what the U.S. Justice Department is calling "its most comprehensive settlement agreements ever under the Americans with Disabilities Act concerning access to medical services for all persons with disabilities."
The Equal Rights Center sued the 907-bed Washington Hospital Center in November 2003 on behalf of four patients with disabilities. Those patients claimed that they did not receive the proper medical care from the facility because the examination rooms, tables, and medical equipment were not accessible to them. They also alleged, among other things, that the hospital failed to make sure they received the help they needed to eat, drink, and care for themselves.
In the settlement agreement, a number changes would be made, including the addition of wheelchair accessible patient rooms, exam tables, exam chairs, and medical equipment.
The Justice Department also announced a settlement agreement with Valley Radiologists Medical Group, Inc., based in Northern California. The Department provided few details of that suit in its press statement.
"Washington Hospital Center settles lawsuit, agrees to changes" (Washington Business Journal)
"Justice Department ensures greater access to medical services for people with disabilities at Washington Hospital Center and California radiology centers" (DOJ)