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LOCAL >95-year-old woman rejected disability report from hospital

Aziz Özen – ISTANBUL

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A 95-year-old woman has been rejected a health report required when applying for home-care wage after a hospital council found her disability rate was below 50 percent. 

Fatma Arabacı, who applied to receive home-care pension in order to hire a nurse for herself, was asked to provide a hospital report determining her disability percentage. After undergoing medical examinations conducted by a team of nine, her disabilities scored 46 percent and she was given a report that said she was “eligible to work.” 

Arabacı’s son, who lives in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, decried the report saying that even the hospital staff was surprised with the result. According to him, when the staff went to a municipality to complain, they were also rejected. 

Arabacı said she had a pill implanted in her heart, lived at home alone, where she fell recently, and had difficulties when speaking.

January/11/2017

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