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Addressing Language Barriers in the Healthcare System

Mis à jour : 30 Mai 2021

Wed, 12 May 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shed light on the language gap in the United States’ healthcare system — all too often, individuals with limited English proficiency are left behind and suffer from worse health outcomes than those who speak English with high proficiency. While the pandemic has clearly exacerbated these issues — from poor accessibility of public health communications to hospitals lacking medical interpreters — they’ve been around for a long time. 

A recent Scientific American op-ed written by two doctors at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts further explored these issues, emphasizing the dire need for better language access services in U.S. hospitals.

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