Health Care and Language

Being able to speak to your doctor and understand what they are telling you is an important part of getting good health care.  However, it isn’t always the possible to find a doctor that speaks the language you are most comfortable in.  Can you imagine not being able to explain what is wrong with your doctor?  Or, the not understand what is wrong and have an idea of why you should be taking certain medicines?  Below are two links to programs that are attempting to remedy this situation by offering patients access to medical care in their native language.  The first is a link to a story about a hospital in California that is offering access to interpreters trained in Indigenous languages of Mexico and Central America and the second is a link to an NGO working in Guatemala that is training doctors in Mayan languages and offering Midwifery workshops in Mayan languages.

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