five speak a language other than english

North America’s healthcare providers face an unparalleled challenge when it comes to language, and that challenge is growing by the day, with more than 300 languages spoken on the continent.

Already one in five patients speaks a language other than English at home. In the coming years, nearly 90 percent of America’s population growth is expected to come via immigration. Within the next decade, the U.S. is anticipated to have more Spanish speakers than any other country. More than 10 million citizens are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, while another 5 million are blind or visually impaired.

LanguageLine has nearly 40 years of experience providing translation services to healthcare providers, including hospitals, clinics, in-home care, and hospice. In fact, we work with 19 of the top 20 healthcare systems across North America.