Oregon Considering Issuing Prescriptions In Multiple Languages
The Oregon Legislature is considering issuing medical prescriptions in languages other than English.
The idea, which is in its early stages, would require pharmacies to issue prescriptions in English and in a patient’s preferred language.
The chair of the Oregon House Health Care Committee, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, said it’ll probably involve a computer program to translate English into any one of a dozen languages, and then print a label. “I’m not sure how widely distributed those computer programs are. And I’m also not sure how good they are," he said.
"So I mean this is all very exploratory.”
The cost and complexity of the idea could lead to opposition.
The U.S. Census says more than half-a-million Oregonians speak a language other than English at home.
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