In this episode of Leading with Health, I explore our healthcare system’s attitudes towards doctors with disabilities. This was inspired by the article, What Medicine Can Learn from Doctors and Researchers with Disabilities.
8:29 – “You’re talking about a system that is all about healing that doesn’t actually value the basic health of its participants, of its own members, of its own staff.”
10:37 – “It’s not so much that we are scared of being disabled … but it’s what will happen to us. What will happen to our social circle, what does that mean for us as people and our identity … we’re scared of becoming that ‘other’.”
11:04 – “We’re so scared of looking at this that we simply don’t.”
11:18 – “Our culture does not do a very good job of helping people understand how to handle emotions, especially uncomfortable emotions.”
11:29 – “There are no negative emotions; there are just emotions that are more comfortable than others.”
11:50 – Why people close down in the face of people with disabilities.
13:34 – “If we devalue our providers with disabilities, what does that say about our patients and what we think about them?”
15:42 – “Why are we not educated on how many options there are to help people with different disabilities?”
18:10 – “We don’t value real-life experiences as much as didactic, academic knowledge and training.”
21:06 – “We are not taught how to ask difficult questions or to discuss anything uncomfortable.”
Leading with Health is hosted by Jennifer Michelle. Jennifer has a Master’s in Public Health and Epidemiology and is a certified EMT. As President of Michelle Marketing Strategies, Jennifer specializes in healthcare marketing. She is on a mission to help women find their voice so they can create a stronger, more responsive healthcare system.