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Colwell v. United States Department of Health and Human Services: Feds Order Physicians and Health Care Providers to Provide Free Language Translation Services to Limited English Proficient Patients

By Sharon L. Browne
October 04, 2005
For 2,400 years, society has been confident that properly trained, competent, and compassionate physicians will not abuse such power. Not so, says the federal government. The patient-physician relationship came under attack by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) when it adopted a language policy controlling the manner in which physicians must communicate with their limited English proficient (LEP) patients. Physicians are fighting back....