Berlin - Around 60,000 people in Berlin have no or insufficient health insurance coverage. Health Senator Dilek Kolat (SPD) named this number in the House of Representatives today. Nationwide, one million people are without full access to medical care.
According to Kolat, the main victims are people without papers, EU citizens but also German citizens. Among them are many self-employed who can no longer afford health insurance contributions.
Kolat put one in Parliament's Question Time clearing house opened in October for people with unexplained health insurance coverage. In cooperation with various social institutions, they offer anonymous advice and check entitlement to benefits.
The aim is to give as many people as possible access to medical care. The clearing house at the main train station is financed by the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality. The Berliner Stadtmission is responsible for this.