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Minnesota Wrestles with Medical Interpreting

How aware are you of the situation facing medical interpreters in the state of MN currently? Did you know that healthcare interpreters must be listed on a statewide roster yet no one actually verifies the interpreters’ credentials or requires them? Did you know that the Department of Health reports that 20% of adverse medical events (those that are preventable) result from communication issues—including language barriers?

Read this MinnPost article written by a Minneapolis healthcare interpreter to see what sort of solution she proposes to raise the standards for medical interpreting. Do you agree with her? What would you propose?

 

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Information also found in INTERSECT weekly update from April 27, 2018.

Related to: Interpreter/Translator News, Medical Interpreters

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