Canada has universal health coverage

Basic care for everyone ?!

Ensuring universal access to health care - this was the aim of the UN Summit of Heads of State and Government on September 23, 2019 in New York. The high-level UN meeting was convened because too little progress had been made, particularly in health care for poor and marginalized groups of the population. It is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure health care for everyone (Universal Health Coverage). By 2030 at the latest, all people should be able to use the high-quality health services they need without running into financial hardship.

A declaration was passed at the meeting in New York stressing that no one should be excluded and that governments should focus their actions on those who have been least reached.

There are also gaps in supply in Germany

The federal government is internationally regarded as a pioneer in the field and supported the declaration. But even in Germany, hundreds of thousands of people do not have adequate access to health care. Affected women, men and children go to the contact points of doctors around the world every day. There are people without legal residence status, asylum seekers, EU citizens and also many Germans with contribution debts or without health insurance.

The problem can be traced back, among other things, to legal regulations that limit the entitlement to benefits: the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, the obligation to submit information in the Residence Act or the recently entered benefit exclusion act for EU citizens and the exceptions to the compulsory follow-up insurance in the Insurance Relief Act.

UN Social Committee calls for changes to German laws

In October 2018, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the highest body responsible for monitoring the social pact, which is binding under international law, expressed concern that non-discriminatory access to medical care was not guaranteed in Germany. He called on the federal government to change the restrictive laws. The Federal Minister of Health publicly dismissed these recommendations of the UN as irrelevant in response to a television request.

In order to achieve the goal of universal health coverage, it is important that the federal government fulfills its state duty to ensure health care for the entire population. In one of the richest countries in the world, it should not be necessary for civil society organizations to take over medical care - voluntary, donation-financed and necessarily always inadequate.

It is to be hoped that the meeting in New York will also give the federal government an opportunity to dismantle the existing barriers in Germany.

Event notice:

On December 12, 2019, Doctors of the World and Bread for the World invite you to the conference “Universal Health Care. What is the federal government doing in order not to leave anyone behind? ”To Berlin.

We are looking forward to your participation.

Please log in until December 5, 2019 to: [email protected]