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Healthcare is going multilingual

Multilingual health care in Korea and in California (medical translation)According to the Korean Ministry of Labor, health test result will soon be translated into 10 languages.

Realizing that the globalization of our workforce won't reverse itself any time soon, more and more governments are insisting that their health insurers provide appropriate information to non-native speakers. And "appropriate" often means translated.

The California legislature in 2003 passed SB 853 requiring interpreters and translated materials be made available through private insurance plans paid for by the 1.1 million state residents who have little or no English language skills.

Wherever non-native language support gets mandated, insurance companies complain about increasing costs. Like the languages blog, I wonder if premiums might actually fall if the availability of translated information helped to improve medical treatment, resulting in fewer claims for insurance companies.

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