Translating Medical Into English--And Other Languages

Jul 17, 2014

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Not all the people who show up at the doctor's office or ER speak English. 

Oregon law recognizes this, and requires certified medical interpreters to be on hand when medical professionals treat non-English speaking patients. 

But that's easier said than done, with interpreters in short supply. 

Helen Eby is the president of the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters; she joins us with an analysis of causes and possible solutions.