What is the initial health examination all about?

The initial health examination should take place during the first three days. Usually it is  carried out in the refugee transit camp by the health department or in a hospital. The goal is the protection of the general public and protection of the inhabitants of the general accommodations from communicable diseases.

What does an asylum seeker have to do when he or she has fallen ill and wants to go to a General Practitioner or a Specialist?

Asylum seekers have the right to receive acute medical care. The appropriate social welfare department pays for the necessary treatment costs in the case of acute illnesses, pain and pregnancy. All officially recommended vaccinations are to be paid for. Additional payments for medications are not applicable.

If he has to consult a specialist, it is absolutely necessary to obtain an approval from the appropriate social welfare department first. As a rule, the General Practitioner decides whether an appointment at a specialist is indicated. The appropriate social welfare department is the one where the asylum seeker has been registered.

Important: A valid health insurance certificate for the current quarter is always required!

What about prescription fees and additional payments?

It is not allowed to charge beneficiaries of the AsylbLG for prescription fees, or additional payments respectively,  excess payments in the hospital or for medical aid equipment, unless they are members of the statutory health insurance.  In case of an existing membership in the health insurance company due to an employment, the social welfare department must provide prescription fees and excess payments in accordance with § 6 AsylbLG.

Which costs are covered within the scope of a treatment – which costs are covered in general within the scope of treatments?

§ 4 AsylbLG further provides for entitlement of coverage of costs if it deals with the “necessary” treatment of “ acute illnesses and conditions of pain” including the supply with medications and dressing material, “ as well as other materials necessary for the convalescence, for the improvement or relief of illnesses or the results of an illness.”
Above all that, all usual benefits for pregnancy and birth, the recommended preventive check-ups and vaccinations have to be covered. The treatment of chronic illnesses without pain would therefore be still excluded. There are exceptions in single cases.

Are costs for interpreters as part of health benefits covered?

The costs for interpreters have to be covered in accordance with § 6 AsylbLG, if an interpreter is necessary for a proper medical treatment.