Among the myriad challenges facing the healthcare industry is the mounting costs of healthcare illiteracy. Today, some 78 million Americans do not possess the requisite English skills to understand healthcare information enough to make informed choices. The results are costly in more ways than one.
Aside from the obvious health risks it poses for a growing number of limited English proficient (LEP) patients, it brings with it an economic impact that has reached approximately $73 million annually. These costs must then be absorbed by public agencies, healthcare providers, and U.S. taxpayers that are already challenged.
So what is to be done? For many, it’s a question that must be answered sooner than later. As part of our free healthcare translation webinar series at viaLanguage, we are offering an installment that directly addresses this issue. Titled “Bridging the Healthcare Literacy Language Gap—Key Strategies for 2010,” the webinar will take place 11:30 a.m. (PT) on March 25 and will explore a range of strategies for responding to today’s changing and uncertain healthcare climate.
This is a situation that ultimately impacts us all. We hope you can join us. Click here to learn more.