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08-27-2011, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by CharlieGirl View Post
Jester, I agree that a hospital should be able to provide service in any language -- it's critical when finding out medical history and the like.

But should every nurse and every doctor be able to speak every language? That's where I think Jules is coming from. The department as a whole should have access to translators, but each individual officer simply can't.
No, but they have a system in place to enable communication in ANY language. They have translator phone service. It's a pain in the ass, but you have to do it if you're going to provide medical service to a patient that doesn't speak English.

Should hospital turn away a patient if they do not speak a readily available language?

It is, no doubt, a problem....but the solution to the problem is not to "other" people that don't speak English and stigmatize them as somehow unwelcome and/or inferior citizens (if they are citizens) because they don't speak English.

The biggest problem is that all the evidence points towards these communities learning English... already. So, why not tone down the ethnocentric rhetoric (that's really what it is... it isn't racist or anything per se, it's presenting a homogeneous as opposed to heterogeneous view of American society), and do the best that you can.

Because at its heart, you cannot solve the "problem" without simply denying basic services to people.

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