150,000 in Germany without health insurance:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Some 150,000 people in Germany live without proper health insurance, according to a report commissioned by the ministry for health. These people have often left the statutory health insurance funds in search of a more competitive contribution rate from private funds who have then refused to admit them on grounds that they may be harbouring a "problematic illness". They cannot then return to the statutory health insurer unless they have been a member for at least two of the previous five years. Only those who earn below a certain level can then apply for state support, otherwise they must finance treatment from their own pockets.