14.10.2005

New brochure on German Health Care System in nine languages

"Health - hand in hand ­ the German Health Care System", the health guide
produced by the Bundesverband der Betriebskrankenkassen and the Ethno-
Medizinisches Zentrum Hannover e.V., is now being published in its second
edition and in nine languages. This brochure allows immigrants easier access to
the German healthcare system and enables them to use it according to their
needs.

A responsible and effective use of healthcare services by immigrants can only
be developed if fundamental knowledge about the system is available to them in
an undestandable form. This is a prerequisite for a dialogue of equality
between the providers and users of services for the benefit of self-reliant
patients.

The health guide arose within the framework of the "With immigrants, for
immigrants" project, in which a participative approach to health promotion is
being realised by immigrants and holds much promise for the future. The
campaign strengthens the resources of persons with an immigrant background by
further qualification and through their work as mediators. Through cooperation
with German institutions, further potential for qualifying everyone concerned
will develop.

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