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Does My Interpreter Have to Explain My Diagnosis?

By Melia Yanat, Lingolet Team

Does My Interpreter Have to Explain My Diagnosis?

No, your medical interpreter does not have to explain your diagnosis. It is up to the medical team that takes care of you to do so.

A medical interpreter transmits the medical team's speech to the patients.

It is the caregivers who explain their diagnosis and the different stages of recovery. The medical interpreter must remain a third party transmitting the information. He or she must not give his or her opinion or influence in any way the decision(s) of the patient or the medical team.

In 2020, technological solutions have emerged to ensure remote access to interpreting. Lingolet is the first to offer an on-demand solution with more than 4000 interpreters and a complete management platform for administrators.


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