Refugees and asylum seekers are entitled to healthcare under § 4 of the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG).
Refugees undergo an initial medical examination at the very start of their stay in Germany.
The initial examination is conducted at an initial reception centre in the place where the registration is performed by the Central Bureau for Foreigners.
A Med Point is also set up at all initial reception centres, enabling refugees with acute health complaints to be treated. Pictured here: Med Point at the initial reception centre in Heidenau near Dresden.
During the asylum process, asylum seekers are entitled to receive medical care, which is why outpatient clinics have been specially set up for refugees in Dresden and Leipzig. The Saxon State Minister for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Barbara Klepsch (right), visiting the clinic in Dresden.
Vaccinations are also offered at all three initial reception centres in Saxony. Refugees may be vaccinated against diseases such as tetanus, polio and influenza here.
Refugees and asylum seekers are entitled to healthcare under § 4 of the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG). Refugees undergo an initial medical examination at the very start of their stay in Germany. In the event of acute complaints, the asylum seekers can consult a local doctor or seek help at a refugee outpatient clinic.
When and where is the initial examination performed?
The initial examination is performed upon admission into an initial reception centre, at the same time as the registration by the Central Bureau for Foreigners.
Who conducts the initial examination, and why?
The Public Health Service is responsible for the initial examination, whose aim is to detect infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis or dysentery, and treat suspected cases.
Outpatient medical clinics for refugees
Asylum seekers are entitled to medical care during the asylum process. This is generally provided by local doctors. To take the pressure off nearby physicians, outpatient medical clinics have been set up for refugees in Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz. Patients holding a proper certificate of medical treatment may come here to receive the pain therapy and acute treatment to which they are entitled. The outpatient clinics are geared around treating foreign patients, and interpreters are always on hand along with the doctors.
The clinics are run by the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Sachsen, and are located:
- at the Carl Gustav Carus university hospital in Dresden
- at St. Georg’s hospital in Leipzig
- at Chemnitz hospital (former first-aid post)
Setting up vaccination points
Vaccination services are offered at all initial reception centres in Saxony. Refugees can be vaccinated against diseases such as tetanus, polio and influenza here, with costs borne by the Saxon Central Office