Law & Medicine

How the ADA shapes health care


Dr. Tan is emeritus professor of medicine and a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. This article is meant to be educational and does not constitute medical, ethical or legal advice. For additional information, readers may contact the author at


1. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 104 Stat. 327, 42 U. S. C. § 12101 et seq.

2. Bragdon v. Abbott et al. 524 U.S. 624 (1998).

3. Cathy A. Fiscus v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 385 F.3d 378 (3d Cir. 2004).

4. 42 U. S. C. § 12182(b)(3).

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