The silence of South African health policies on the language barrier between healthcare providers and patients

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dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-09T15:16:22Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-09T15:16:22Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-20 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15657
dc.description.abstract The language barrier continues to compromise adequate healthcare delivery in multilingual healthcare systems. This makes language an important issue for the policy agenda in such systems. This article highlights the silence of selected South African health policies on managing the language barrier in healthcare. The analysis establishes that the selected policies make limited provisions, if any, on the language barrier and fail to account for how the language barrier should be addressed in the provision of care. This silence derives from the level of attention that the subject receives in public discourses and national policies. It is therefore recommended that policies become explicit on how the language barrier in healthcare delivery should be addressed, and that effective implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are put in place to facilitate equitable access to healthcare services for all. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher University of South Africa Press en
dc.subject LANGUAGE DISCRIMINATION en
dc.subject HEALTHCARE en
dc.subject POLICY IMPLEMENTATION en
dc.title The silence of South African health policies on the language barrier between healthcare providers and patients en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume January en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Impact Centre en
dc.SourceTitle Language Matters en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11691 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10836 en
dc.bibliographictitle Sobane, K., Van der Merwe, C. & Shandu, B. (2020) The silence of South African health policies on the language barrier between healthcare providers and patients. Language Matters. January:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Sobane, K. en
dc.contributor.author2 Van der Merwe, C. en
dc.contributor.author3 Shandu, B. en


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