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How do I learn medical spanish? I am going for plastic surgery and want to be able to answer their question.

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Just a general simple knowledge of some basic conversational spanish would be nice & respectful.
It would be difficult on very short notice to learn detailed medical spanish. It is likely that where you go there will already be medical providers with excellent english skills. Allergies, medications, medical history is important to know. Maybe you can bring copies of your medical reports and tests.

In brief: See below

Just a general simple knowledge of some basic conversational spanish would be nice & respectful.
It would be difficult on very short notice to learn detailed medical spanish. It is likely that where you go there will already be medical providers with excellent english skills. Allergies, medications, medical history is important to know. Maybe you can bring copies of your medical reports and tests.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Spanish

Best way to learn is cultural immersion program. Actually living in a foreign country and speaking all day.

In brief: Spanish

Best way to learn is cultural immersion program. Actually living in a foreign country and speaking all day.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Why?

So, you're planning to go abroad for elective surgery - to a country where you don't speak the language, in a health care system that isn't regulated to us standards, and have a procedure with virtually no follow-up care or recourse in case of complications.
Best of luck - but you're taking a gamble...

In brief: Why?

So, you're planning to go abroad for elective surgery - to a country where you don't speak the language, in a health care system that isn't regulated to us standards, and have a procedure with virtually no follow-up care or recourse in case of complications.
Best of luck - but you're taking a gamble...
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Why?

The real question here is why are going abroad to a country where you don't speak the language, you won't be able to call your doctor if something goes wrong, and they will not care to follow up with you? Shopping for price alone is a silly thing to do with your body.
The cost of going abroad, if something shoud go wrong is astronomical. Stay home, stay safe. Learn spanish and visit as a tourist.

In brief: Why?

The real question here is why are going abroad to a country where you don't speak the language, you won't be able to call your doctor if something goes wrong, and they will not care to follow up with you? Shopping for price alone is a silly thing to do with your body.
The cost of going abroad, if something shoud go wrong is astronomical. Stay home, stay safe. Learn spanish and visit as a tourist.
Dr. Frederick Coville
Dr. Frederick Coville
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