Why language diversity matters in healthcare

50 different languages other than English are spoken throughout the U.S. in daily healthcare encounters, says the inaugural edition of the Healthcare World Language Index published by AMN Healthcare Language Services, a provider of healthcare language interpretation services. Based on assessing 110 million minutes of interpretation services, the top 10 languages other than English used in patient/healthcare provider encounters nationally are:

LanguagePercent used
1. Spanish74%
2. Vietnamese3.8%
3. American Sign Language3.6%
4. Arabic3.5%
5. Mandarin3.0%
6. Russian1.8%
7. Cantonese1.7%
8. Portugese1.2%
9. Haitian Creole1.0%
10. Korean0.9%
Source: AMN Healthcare 2021 Healthcare World Language Index

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