Hamburg - Germany's medical profession is calling for the improvement of essential parts of the asylum package II, which came into force in March. In several motions for resolutions, the in Hamburg appealed to the federal, state and local authorities to provide both initial health care and standard medical care for refugees Demands to adapt.
According to the medical parliament, significantly better staffing in the public health service is necessary so that it can fulfill its tasks, among other things, in health care and in the health prevention of refugees. A barrier-free access for refugees to the facilities of the outpatient and inpatient standard care must be ensured. The Doctors' Day sees the nationwide introduction of health card for all refugees as necessary optimization measure. In addition, the restrictions in the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act should be lifted, according to which only acute illnesses and not chronic complaints may be treated in refugees.
At the opening event, the President of the German Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, expressly referred to the Prerequisite for medical action pointed out: "For us doctors - our oath demands this - all people are equal." Federal Minister of Health
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When the situation in many initial reception centers was tense, often even chaotic, According to Montgomery, the doctors had campaigned for people seeking protection in an unprecedented wave of helpfulness: “Throughout Germany they helped where they could, residents and clinicians worked overtime free of charge in initial reception centers after work. Hospitals provided medical and nursing staff. And in several cities the medical profession has set up emergency practices especially for refugees, ”explained the BÄK President.
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In addition, according to the delegates, there is further cause for criticism of the asylum package. They warned against only accepting life-threatening or serious illnesses as an obstacle to deportation, which were also significantly worsened by the deportation. Here the legal valuation contradicts the right to life and physical integrity. "If the latter is to be guaranteed, asylum seekers must have access to medical care in each individual case to be examined," says resolution by the Medical Parliament.
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Victims of torture and other serious human rights violations should be removed from the accelerated asylum procedure. In general, all those in particular need of protection should be excluded from these rapid proceedings. In addition, the delegates spoke in favor of the fact that “serious mental and somatic illnesses should continue to be used as protective reason for recognition”.
Professional structures indispensable The doctors' parliament expressly endorsed the delivery of full health insurance card to all refugees nationwide and promptly - regardless of their residence status. It is also necessary that the additional effort for heavily traumatized group of people with significant language problems is better represented. The responsible authorities would have to "provide sufficient professional and intercultural qualified interpreters for adequate health care", it says in the resolutions. The German Medical Association explicitly pointed out that the health care of refugees could not be provided on voluntary basis in the medium and long term. Rather, it is necessary that state agencies "promptly create professional structures to ensure health care". Your appeal to the executive: states and municipalities are now called upon to strengthen the financial and human resources of the public health service.