The Right To Understand Health Care In Your Own Language

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT) -- 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.

Patients with Limited English Proficiency

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that...
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