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Filling a need for bilingual health care

All of the receptionists at the 11 Ventura County Centers for Family Health speak Spanish — because they have to. About 30 percent of the primary-care centers’ patients don’t speak English and likely wouldn’t have access regular medical care if it weren’t for bilingual offices. Approximately 70 percent of the patients prefer to speak Spanish, said Victor Dominguez, a family practice physician at the Santa Paula clinic and medical director for the centers.