People with Disabilities’ Access to Medical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Publication date: Nov 30, 2023

Delaying and forgoing medical care intensifies the health disparities and unmet needs people with disabilities already face. While many people with disabilities were at high risk for COVID-19, less is known about their access to medical care during the pandemic. This study explored people with disabilities’ access to medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyzed United States Census Bureau COVID-19 Household Pulse Survey data from the second year of the pandemic (April-July 2021) from people with (nā€‰=ā€‰38,512) and without (nā€‰=ā€‰296,260) disabilities. During the second year of the pandemic, 30. 8% of people with disabilities delayed getting medical care and 28. 9% forwent needed care. People with disabilities were also significantly more likely to delay and forgo medical care than people without disabilities. Attention must be drawn to the unmet needs of people with disabilities and efforts must be made to expand their access to health care.

Concepts Keywords
July COVID-19 pandemic
Pandemic health care access
Therapy health disparities
people with disabilities


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 Pandemic

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