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Health Law Checkup - May 2012
Physicians Required to Provide Interpretive Services to Non-English Speaking Patients

05/31/2012

Physicians Required to Provide Interpretive Services to Non-English Speaking Patients
By Anne W. Bishop
 

Health care providers often wonder if and when they must provide interpretive services to patients who do not speak English or who are deaf or hearing impaired. Federal law mandates that health care providers take certain steps to provide interpretive services. The roots of this issue are in the physician’s need to communicate effectively with patients so that patients may make informed decisions about their health care.
 

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