Parking Meters to Touch Screens: The Unforeseen Barriers That Expansion of Telemedicine Presents to the Disability Community

Jensine Norman, Jared Stowers, Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez

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Greater than 25% of annual healthcare expenditures in the United States are associated with the medical needs of people with disabilities. People with disabilities often experience inequalities with access to healthcare services, resulting in increased costs of living with disability. The economic burden of living with a disability results in nearly US $400 billion spent annually from combined public and private payor sources. Historically, disparities in health care are associated with intersections between race, culture, and environmental factors. Minority status also plays a significant role in health outcomes, and studies have highlighted the additional burdens faced at the junction of race and disability status. COVID-19 changed the landscape of healthcare delivery in the United States, resulting in a drastic increase in telehealth utilization. Traditional nonmedical barriers to persons with disability, such as unforeseen parking fees, are documented in the literature. However, conditions surrounding access to the necessary technology required to participate in a telehealth-driven medical landscape are less clear. This article addresses the nonmedical barriers and costs associated with living with a disability and discusses potential solutions in the evolving healthcare system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1108
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Disability Studies
  • Health Disparities
  • Healthcare Access
  • Telemedicine
  • Telerehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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