Not a Conversation Between Equals: Perceptions on Barriers to Healthcare for Latinos in the Twin Cities
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This study examines what health care providers in the Twin Cities perceive to be barriers to health care for Latinos. The research was conducted in the Twin Cities with a sample of fourteen health providers each of who have a large Latino clientele-each participated in open-ended interviews. The research found that the health care providers' responses varied due to their profession. While doctors/nurses discussed lack of documentation and lack of insurance to be barriers to health care, most health educators and Spanish Medical Interpreters associated barriers to health care with cultural and lifestyle differences. Thus, in an examination of the literature and through the responses of subjects, it is evident that due to the amount of power that a professional in the medical field possesses evidently determines how metaphorically distanced he or she is from the patient.