Poll: Latinos see health care communication barriers


WASHINGTON (AP) – A new poll finds that nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier.

The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that half of those who have faced those barriers turned to a family member or to another health care provider for assistance. In addition, more than 1 in 4 looked to a translator, public resources in their community or online sources for help when they faced those issues.

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In addition, many Hispanics are concerned about language or cultural accommodations for those seeking nursing or long-term care services.

Less than half say it would be easy for older Latinos to find a nursing home, assisted living facility or home health aide that speaks their language.