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What do we do?

You, or someone close to you, are ill but lack proper personal identification or proper insurance?  You are therefore unable to seek medical assistance?


Medinetz Tübingen e.V. is providing contact information of doctors that will treat you anonymously and free of charge. We believe that the provision of medical care should not depend on   the status of an individual’s residence permit and that a lack of personal identification should not keep anyone from receiving medical assistance without the threat of deportation.
We are a group of medical students (other specialties are evertheless very welcome to join) working on a voluntary basis. We answer all incoming calls anonymously and then arrange, as needed, for a consultation with a GP or a specialist physician. If necessary, we will accompany you to your appointment or arrange for a translator to be present. The appointment and subsequent treatment will be paid for by our NGO, with some doctors foregoing payment altogether. The NGO finances itself through donations, membership payments and revenue from public events.

As for the legal situation: Currently a medical doctor’s legal requirement to provide medical assistance to people in need weighs more than any legal requirement to report an individual’s lack of personal identification or unclear status of residency. Similar initiatives exist in other German cities (e.g. Freiburg, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Berlin, Mainz, Ulm etc.) and so far, no doctor or hospital has faced legal consequences for treating people without an official residence permit. Further information can be found under the category “Rechtliche Grundlagen”.

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