“Oregon hospitals didn’t have shortages. So why were people with disabilities denied care?” -OPB article

A recent OPB piece looked at the disparate treatment of individuals with disabilities in their medical treatment for COVID and other conditions.  The article highlights a Pendleton patient with an intellectual disability who was encouraged to sign do-not-resuscitate (DNR) and do-not-intubate forms, and her group home who was encouraged to have all residents DNRs. It also highlights the situation of several other patients who were recently denied care due to their disabilities when they were being treated for other conditions such as pneumonia. Read more here: https://www.opb.org/article/2020/12/22/oregon-hospitals-didn-t-have-shortages-so-why-were-disabled-people-denied-care/?fbclid=IwAR1jlX_CBrT_76QObPSqwOcA5K6Dz44ongx2WUqCwcQil3byGtaWihzk5D8