‘You must carry your wheelchair’ – barriers to accessing healthcare in a South African rural area

by Richard Vergunst, Leslie Swartz, Gubela Mji et al.
Global Health Action, Vol. 8, 2015, Issue 1

9 pp. 654 kB

There is international evidence that people with disabilities face barriers when accessing primary healthcare services and that there is inadequate information about effective interventions that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities, especially in low-income and middle-income countries. Poor rural residents generally experience barriers to accessing primary healthcare, and these problems are further exacerbated for people with disabilities. It is suggested that although there are practical barriers that need to be addressed, attitudinal barriers could potentially be addressed more easily and cost effectively.

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