A scientific study shows: Refugees often cannot cope with the German healthcare system. This is the result of an analysis by the medical faculty of the Charité in Berlin. The reasons are primarily language barriers and a lack of information about health care structures. “Many affected people do not know, for example, that the family doctor’s office is the central point of contact.” Furthermore, in addition to language barriers, a lack of time and a lack of medical professionals also caused problems.
The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs and Health wrote in a press release.
The ministry commissioned the study from Charité. The goal is to improve the situation. Because both health care workers and patients felt left alone with the situation, according to the study. Interviews with migrants also showed that they often felt that they were not taken seriously and that their concerns were rejected. Following the Charité study, the ministry now wants to develop “concrete measures.”
The ministry’s press release and a link to the detailed Charité study can be found at
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