In one California county, Hispanics make up to half of the population but only about 5% of the local doctors report speaking Spanish. The usual alternative is to provide interpreters to facilitate communications between patient/doctor but this ads to the cost of providing medical services.
One solution is teaching basic medical Spanish language skills to healthcare workers in the USA. Medical Spanish is a podcast that provides, “Realistic and clinically relevant patient-provider dialogues created by a medical professional.” This website provides both free and premium paid padcasts that can be downloaded to a MP3 player.
Doctors that speak their patients language will inevitably improve healthcare.