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Interpreters help clarify healthcare

Luis Solis, left, fills out a release form for surgery on Monday, May 1 at Truman Medical Centers. Megan Thompson, a surgical resident, and Rita Garcia, an interpreter, help Solis understand the risks of the surgery. (photo by Kelley Weiss)

By Kelley Weiss

Kansas City, MO – Every day in Kansas City immigrants get sick or hurt but often they face a barrier in getting health care. Many of them don't speak English. The federal government requires hospitals to provide interpreters. But the service is expensive and finding interpreters and paying their salaries can present a challenge for area hospitals. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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Related Links:

Johnson County Community College Health Care Interpreter Certification Program

Jewish Vocational Services Interpreter Training Course for Missouri

Jewish Vocational Services Interpreter Training Course for Kansas

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