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?