FILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 22, 2014, Blue Bridge Benefits LLC agent Patricia Sarabia, right, and Adolfo Briceno, left, with Spanish Speaking LLC, help a potential customer with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a kiosk promoting Obama Care at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C. A new poll finds that more than half of Hispanic adults have encountered a communication barrier in the health care system. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)

AP-NORC Poll: Latinos health care communication woes

July 27, 2018 - 12:07 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier.

The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that half of those who have faced those barriers turned to a family member or to another health care provider for assistance. In addition, more than 1 in 4 looked to a translator, public resources in their community or online sources for help when they faced those issues.

In addition, many Hispanics are concerned about language or cultural accommodations for those seeking nursing or long-term care services.

Less than half say it would be easy for older Latinos to find a nursing home, assisted living facility or home health aide that speaks their language.

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