Health Care for Refugees

How does the German health care system work?

Anyone in Germany has the right to medical care and health insurance is a must. The German Federal Ministry of Health offers an online guide to relevant healthcare services. Also a multilingual brochure is available for download. Additional general information in several languages is available at the German pharmacies website.

What medical services can I benefit from?

Who can access care and when?

At initial accommodation facilities (EAE)

At communal accommodations

Where can I get the health insurance card?

Communication at the doctor's office

How is trauma treated?


People with no legal residence status are entitled to medical treatment in acute or painful conditions. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you can refer to, an aid organisation which aims to facilitate “Paperless” Asylum seekers’ access to medical services in 36 cities across Germany.