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Voices unite to demand free healthcare for refugees in Germany

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i884 (Published 11 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i884
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. Hamburg

Germany’s healthcare system needs urgent realignment to improve medical care for refugees, say a growing number of politicians, healthcare experts, and medical groups.

A key element of the “realignment,” the term used in a recent report on healthcare for refugees issued by the Berlin based Robert Bosch Foundation,1 would be placing all refugees under the umbrella of Germany’s massive public health insurance system, which now covers more than 90% of the population. Germany accepted 1.1 million refugees in 2015, and the flow is expected to remain strong in 2016.

Frank Ulrich Montgomery, president of the German Medical Association, said in a recent video message to association members that one of several major challenges facing doctors in Germany …

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