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The “melting pot” that is the United States can often create some language challenges. This is especially true in the world of healthcare because very clear communication is absolutely necessary when people are receiving healthcare. Any miscommunication can be deadly. Not only are many immigrants entering the United States for its promises of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but most countries are consistently hosting tourists. As a result, the worldwide need for healthcare interpretation is clear.

Some immigrants entering the U.S. may not have mastered the English language as they establish permanent residence. As they are in this process, they may experience an illness or have an accident with injuries that require medical attention. If they are not proficient in English yet, it is important that they receive the services of a health care interpreter.

Another situation can happen in any country in the world. For instance, a tourist can become ill or be injured while traveling in a country that is not their own. In that case, there is a good chance that the tourist may not be fluent in the language spoken in the country he or she is visiting. So, he or she will need a health care interpreter to ensure that all back-and-forth communication with healthcare providers is completely understandable.

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According to the Migration Policy Institute, the number of foreign-born residents living in the U.S. increased by approximately 787,000 between 2015 and 2016. With just that number of people entering the U.S. to stay in one year, it is possible that many of these people will not have mastered the English language when they find that they need medical care of some kind.

Not only that, when immigrants arrive in the U.S., some of their essential medical records, including immunization and communicable disease history, may have been translated into English as part of the immigration process. However, these immigrants may have more detailed medical records from their countries of origin, so at some point in time, they will need health translation services.

For example, a 50-year-old woman from Mexico may have been legally admitted into the U.S. and cleared for permanent resident status based on basic health and freedom from any serious communicable diseases. However, let’s say that six months after being admitted into the U.S., she develops chest pains that are causing concern. So, when she visits a doctor, that doctor may want a clearer picture of her medical history to make an accurate diagnosis.

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If this immigrant brought all of her medical records with her, some may still be written in Spanish. It is also possible that the doctor’s office will need to request medical records from Mexico.  In these cases, she will need healthcare translation services so that as much of her medical history as possible is clearly understandable. This information can be very helpful, in addition to lab work and other tests, for arriving at a diagnosis that can lead to beneficial treatment.

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If this new immigrant has been living in the country for six months, she may have mastered a good bit of English. However, she may be considered as having Limited English Proficiency (LEP) because there are still some gaps in her spoken English and ability to comprehend it. To aid in communication between her and her doctor, as well as other healthcare providers in the diagnosis process, this woman will be well-served to have a trusted health care interpreter to ensure that all parties thoroughly understand what is going on regarding her treatment.

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So, whether a recent immigrant needs help with having his or her medical records translated or receive interpreter services for healthcare, or whether a tourist in a foreign country needs health care interpreting, healthcare language services are essential for ensuring high-quality medical and surgical care.

The Word Point can provide professional healthcare translation services to provide immigrants and tourists with confidence that their health issues can be resolved in the most expeditious and beneficial manner.

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