Health care providers hire interpreters for patients

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Simona Micutari  Identity Verified
Sweden
English to Romanian
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Good idea Jun 17, 2013

I think it's a noble, good idea that will hopefully improve the quality of the healthcare for Spanish-speaking patients. In the medical profession, it's extremely important to understand correctly what the patient is saying in order to be able to provide the adequate care and treatment.

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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 17:33
Russian to English
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In the US there have been medical linterpreters Jun 17, 2013

in hospitals, and many other clinics, for years. It is absolutey essential.

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Miguel Carmona  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:33
English to Spanish
USA: Medical interpreters in many languages Jun 17, 2013

Simona Micutari wrote:
I think it's a noble, good idea that will hopefully improve the quality of the healthcare for Spanish-speaking patients. In the medical profession, it's extremely important to understand correctly what the patient is saying in order to be able to provide the adequate care and treatment.


LilianBNekipelo wrote:
In the US there have been medical linterpreters in hospitals, and many other clinics, for years. It is absolutey essential.


As Lilian says, there are interpreters for a huge amount of foreign languages, the most common being: Romanian, Spanish, Russian, Ukranian, Hindi, French, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.), Latvian, Tagalog, and many others.

Just in Washington state (where I reside), one of the 50 states of the USA, there are hundreds of them in the different languages.


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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:33
Spanish to English
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Huge need for Bosnian/Croatian in St. Louis Jun 17, 2013

I've been asked to do some medical interpreting, but only for very simple things like immunizations for little kids. I thought it was a very rewarding experience, but I just don't have the knowledge or experience for it.

There is a large Bosnian/Croat population in my area and we desperately need more interpreters and translators to help these folks out.


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