When it comes to your health, it's critical to be able to communicate clearly with your doctor. Speaking the same language certainly helps.
But for some Hispanics living in the United States who may prefer to communicate in Spanish with their doctors, finding a Spanish-speaking physician can be a challenge.
However, there are bilingual and Spanish-speaking physicians available — if you know how to find them. Here are some tips:
Getting started finding a Spanish-speaking doctor
Ask family and friends. This is usually your best resource because you can get firsthand, personal information from someone you trust.
Contact community organizations. Check with nonprofits or faith communities that work in partnership with hospitals to bring health services to a church or community center.
Consult with your health plan provider. If you are covered by private health insurance, some companies can help direct you to Spanish-speaking doctors in network.
Turn to the Internet. You can look online for other organizations, insurance providers or health care specialties with websites that include a search function that allows you to enter your language preference when searching for a physician.
Checking out resources
Some national organizations have local affiliates that can help you find a Spanish-speaking physician in your area:
The American Medical Association (AMA) offers a directory of doctors across the U.S. Here you can locate physicians serving your geographic area and see if they or allied health professionals in their offices speak Spanish.