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Foreigners in the Czech hospitals speaks, there is no language barrier almost

In the Czech Republic permanently residing in the five hundred thousand foreigners and a few more millions into the country each year arrive for tourism. Each month, dozens of them treated by hospitals across the country. The language barrier, foreign patients are usually encounters. It may owe one hand, the language skills of medical personnel, but must also be bilingual communication cards that had made the Ministry of Health.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Foreign stayed at the end of June this year in our country in the long term a hundred thousand Slovaks and Ukrainians, were roughly half the size of the Vietnamese community. Among the most frequent States with thirty-five thousand nationals also ranked Russia as about twenty thousand from Germany and Poland. The remaining about one hundred and fifty thousand foreigners came from all corners of the world, including exotic destinations like Togo, Papua New Guinea and Myanmar.

Despite the varied ethnic composition of the foreigners who need our country to seek medical treatment, major language barriers need not worry. Language skills, according to the Ministry of Health is fully within the competence of individual hospitals and those in this respect are doing well. English, German, Vietnamese or Russian are now standard on some devices, but you must consult with Greek, Chinese and Finnish.

In Prague's Motol University Hospital even more than ten years, there is a specialized department of the Alien. "The department was created sometime before 2000, and its expansion helped open borders and a large increase in tourism and the influx of foreigners into the country. Today, our language skills include English, Russian, French, Ukrainian, Italian and Danish. For other languages we use translators, "said Hana Frydrychová Communications Department of the University Hospital Motol that in 85 percent of cases, staff with sufficient English and Russian.

English, German, but also French and Hungarian patients speaks in Brno University Hospital of St.. Anne. "In the framework of the International Clinical Research Center we have employees with Italian, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovene, Finnish and Chinese," explained the hospital spokeswoman Petra Vesela. She added, patients who do not speak any of the languages ​​exposed, usually to attend hospital with a companion who is able to communicate in Czech or English.

That is the language of domestic hospitals at a high level, in addition to confirming the device itself also Slavia, which specializes in online insurance foreigners. "We currently have sixty-five contractual medical facilities. We can say that almost all are linguistically equipped. Our clients, who come from Ukraine and Russia, in almost 99 percent of cases speaks without problems. Clients from China, Vietnam and India was again very well speak English. The language barrier is low, concerns about five percent of cases, "said Christina Schořovská, product manager Slavia insurance.

The Ministry issued a communication cards in nine languages

Although the actual communication with foreigners leaving health ministry solely on individual devices, prepared for its ease bilingual cards in nine languages, which are divided into five areas: pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, nursing, internal medicine and diet plus a list of complaints.

"Each card contains a set of questions in the Czech language, their translation into a foreign language and phonetic pronunciation of the language. Cards are available online on the Ministry's website and are freely available to all who use this tool to facilitate communication between physicians and their and are freely available to all who use this tool to facilitate communication between physicians and their patients from abroad are interested , "a spokesperson for the Ministry of health Ladislav Sticha.

The cards are available in English, Arabic, Bulgarian, German, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Nine language versions, according to Ladislav Stich currently in sufficient numbers, the ministry therefore in the short term translation into other languages ​​planned.

Source: tz, editorially modified

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