Article 25 – United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Article 25 reaffirms that States Parties recognize that persons with disabilities have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination on the basis of disability. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure access for persons with disabilities to health services that are gender-sensitive, including health-related rehabilitation. In particular, States Parties shall:

a) Provide persons with disabilities with the same range, quality and standard of free       or affordable health care and programmes as provided to other persons, including in       the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based public health                   programmes;

b) Provide those health services needed by persons with disabilities specifically                   because of their disabilities, including early identification and intervention as                     appropriate, and services designed to minimize and prevent further disabilities,                 including among children and older persons;

c) Provide these health services as close as possible to people’s own communities,               including in rural areas;

d) Require health professionals to provide care of the same quality to persons with             disabilities as to others, including on the basis of free and informed consent by, inter         alia, raising awareness of the human rights, dignity, autonomy and needs of persons         with disabilities through training and the promulgation of ethical standards for public     and private health care;

e) Prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities in the provision of health         insurance, and life insurance where such insurance is permitted by national law,               which shall be provided in a fair and reasonable manner;

f) Prevent discriminatory denial of health care or health services or food and fluids on     the basis of disability.