How Can I Get a Medical Interpreter if I Can't Afford to Pay?
By Melia Yanat at Lingolet
You don't have to pay. For you, as the patient, it's free.
Hospitals must provide a professional interpreter for patients.
Hospitals are subject to laws, such as the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states "no person in the United States shall, based on race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in a federally funded program or activity, be denied benefits, or be subjected to discrimination in connection with such program or activity.
Therefore, all non-English-speaking patients must have the services of a medical interpreter.
Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) imposes the same obligations on all health care organizations that receive federal funding.
The U.S. government reimburses 50% of the language costs to a healthcare facility.
Federal funding for health services is measured by patient satisfaction and readmission rates. Patients are satisfied by providing interpretation services, and the facility receives its funding.
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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