Multilingual Healthcare: A Key Part of International Travel March 18, 2016 By Will Sowards 1 Comment When you’re traveling in a different country, an injury or illness could easily end the trip of a lifetime. You may be immobilized, your insurance coverage might not be accepted, and you may have to change your travel itinerary. However, an even more serious problem exists. If you need to seek medical care in a country where you’re unable to communicate in the same language as the medical staff caring for you, medical errors and poor quality care can occur. This challenge is actually quite visible in the United States, and US data reflects what travel and communication can be like anywhere in the world. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hispanics/Latinos comprise 16.9 percent of the population, and 33 percent say they aren’t fluent in English. To help ameliorate this issue, Nursing@Simmons published bilingual guides to multilingual health care with resources for patients and primary care providers to better communicate about care when a language barrier is present. Understanding the resources available to you and the ways you can evaluate your ability to receive multilingual care are among the best ways to make sure you achieve healthy outcomes, no matter where you may be in the world. Read the full guide here, presented as part of an ongoing relationship between Passport Health and Simmons. We hope this can serve as a resource next time you travel overseas!