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[Correspondence] Refugees in Germany—untenable restrictions to health care

Asylum seekers are denied fundamental human rights in many recipient countries.1,2 A recent World Report3 criticises inadequate access to health care for asylum seekers in Germany and proposes an electronic health card (EHC) as a potential solution. But the EHC has not been introduced nationwide. Opponents to the provision of health care for asylum seekers raise three objections: better access could result in more immigration; the cost of care would be permissive; and the EHC is administratively unfeasible in larger federal states such as Baden-Württemberg.

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