Medical aid for “illegal” migrants

Maltese migrant medicine: Anonymous help in an emergency

Migrants without a residence permit face considerable problems when they need medical care in Germany. This affects "According to estimates, up to half a million people in Germany who live in illegality," according to the current message from the Malteser Hilfsdienst in Fulda. With the now opened Malteser Migranten Medizin at the Herz-Jesu Hospital in Fulda, those affected are to be helped.

"In Maltese migrant medicine, people without a valid residence status and people without health insurance can find a doctor who will take care of the initial examination and emergency care in the event of sudden illness, injury or pregnancy," the Malteser Relief Service said. Here the needy patients are helped without first asking the formal questions about papers and health insurance, explained the Maltese spokeswoman in Fulda, Stefanie Bode.

Medical care while maintaining anonymity According to the Malteser spokeswoman, "if a person can no longer stand the pain or an illness threatens his life, the only question is how that person can get well again." The residence permit or health insurance are therefore not interested in medicine in Maltese migrants. Here, the patient is helped while maintaining anonymity, reports the Maltese relief service. The offer is aimed at a not so small group of people. The experts estimate that around 500,000 migrants live in Germany without a residence permit. In addition, the growing number of Germans who have dropped out of health insurance are given medicine in the Maltese migrants.

An average of 11 needy patients per consultation hour. The Malteser Migranten Medizin, opened in Fulda, is the third facility of its kind in Hesse and is available every two weeks on Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Herz-Jesu Hospital. Similar facilities already exist in Hesse in Frankfurt and Darmstadt. According to the Malteser Hilfsdienst, around 1,200 patients were treated at these two locations last year. On average, eleven patients were treated per office hour and location.

Maltese migrant medicine at twelve locations across Germany The aid organization now operates Maltese migrant medicine at twelve locations throughout Germany. Since it was founded eleven years ago, more than 40,000 patients across Germany have been treated as part of this offer, reports the Malteser Hilfsdienst. According to the Malteser, the most common causes of treatment were infectious diseases, pregnancies, tumors, the consequences of accidents and toothache. The offer helped many patients. (fp)

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