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Health Care and the UN Disability Rights Convention-The Lancet, 2009

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Gilberto Rincón Gallardo, President of the National Council to Prevent Discrimination in Mexico, signs the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, March 30, 2007
People with disabilities can be healthy.1 Yet too often they are excluded from general health care by numerous obstacles, including a lack of training of health professionals, physical inaccessibility, and communication barriers (such as a lack of sign-language interpretation).2 Moreover, individuals with disabilities lack coordinated care and are often excluded from health-outreach programmes.3 Disability-based exclusion is bolstered by a lack of awareness among policy makers about this minority group and their needs.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(09)62043-2