The Way of the Cross for Latinos in American hospitals will end.

The Way of the Cross for Latinos in American hospitals will end.

* Telemedicine will break down cultural and language barriers that most often inhibit those who do not speak English

Few things are more complicated for a Latino than having to go to the doctor in the United States.

Even for those who speak a little English, having to describe symptoms and understand medical terms can be a nightmare, so they almost invariably end up confessing their pain to an interpreter, which sometimes ends up being more uncomfortable than the disease itself.

In many cases, doctors or nurses will despair because the Latino patient does not understand the questions or medical issue of concern and they end up mistreating the patient or run the risk of making a bad diagnosis because of the language barrier.

Simple indications such as cleaning a wound or the diet to follow, usually become a drama between a doctor who only speaks English and a patient who only speaks Spanish.

Due to differences in diet and lifestyle, Latinos tend to be prone in different ways to diseases such as diabetes, blood pressure or triglyceride or cholesterol levels, which makes it difficult for Anglo doctors to understand and treat them.

Do not even mention the costs of going to an emergency room, when the pain is already unbearable, or getting an appointment at the clinic authorized by the insurance carrier, which often can take two or three weeks or even more.

Therefore, many Latinos prefer to endure pain, self-medicate or go to charlatans who offer miraculous cures in order to avoid going to a doctor’s office or hospital, especially if they do not have their immigration documents in order.

In the end, what they put at risk is their life or at least their lifestyle.

What few know is that without having to leave home very soon they are now able to have adequate health care, with doctors who understand them, their feelings,  their language where their initial cost can then be reimbursed by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

This is Telemedicine, a service that English speakers have enjoyed in the United States for more than a decade, but which is practically unknown to the Latino community.  But this is about to end, starting for the Latino inhabitants of the state of Michigan, where now  the company, Telemedicina Latina, has begun operations, with multiple Spanish speaking licensed doctors.  Then, this service will eventually expand into other states across the USA.

Telemedicine is a system that works just like a call center, in which the patients, in consultation with a doctor, can have checked the symptoms of 70 percent of normal illnesses.  These doctors are trained to diagnose these ailments remotely, often via a cell phone or computer camera.

The doctors of Telemedicina Latina are Spanish speaking, which  allows them to understand the culture of Latinos and their illnesses.

The doctors prescribe medicines, as appropriate, and then the patients are able to pick up the prescriptions at their local pharmacy.  In addition, at the website,, Latinos are able to pick up nutritional products they need, pay for them electronically and have them delivered by courier.

Telemedicina Latina ( is as real as a doctor’s office or hospital, but with the consultation being done conveniently over the phone.  It is a fully proven system that more and more Americans use, but that had remained hidden behind the language barrier until now.

With this, Latinos are now  able to enjoy benefits such as flexibility of schedules throughout the day to call and make an inquiry, pay with their debit or credit card, without having to miss a day of work and even have access to a doctor in some emergency cases, such as the risk of a stroke.

The problems of travel to the office or hospital for Latinos who work in rural areas or have health problems that limit their mobility is over.

Even those who are afraid of going to the doctor for the lack of immigration status, can attend without having to go to the clinic assigned by their insurance carrier, with the assurance that their medical consultation will be reimbursed by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

Telemedicina Latina has the phone number: 888-TELEMEDICINA, which patients can dial, to request a consultation or reports.

Also, if you don’t live in Michigan, please know that this service will soon be extended to the other states in the USA.

Source for Story:

Crispín Garrido Mancilla / Infonort News Agency

Baja Norte, Mexico