The municipality agrees that a large group undocumented migrants in Amsterdam are deprived of general practitioner care. The Board writes this after written questions were asked about an investigation by AT5/NH.
GroenLinks, the ChristenUnie and DENK have put written questions to the Municipal Executive about the long-term care of general practitioners for undocumented migrants. This to the beginning of the article that AT5/NH Amsterdam vague.
“The college information signals that some of the GPs have these research results.
Examples of this are also seen in daily practice. how big the problem is,
is not exactly known,” writes the municipality.
The municipality gives different guidelines for the undocumented. One of the practices is that there is a high workload. As a result, there is no room for new patients in many practices. Undocumented migrants also more often have complex problems and that requires more effort and time.
A possible cause of the problem is that many undocumented migrants do not fall within the postcode area of the practice. The doctor must be at the patient’s address within 15 minutes
can be in an emergency. Persons without a fixed place of residence or abode can
be refused. That will partly be the case for undocumented migrants,” according to the municipality.
Language and finance
Especially the language barrier is a problem for doctors and the undocumented. The municipality refers this problem to the interpreter telephone. The use of this service is free.
A quarter of the Amsterdam general practitioners indicated that they need more information about claim options. The municipality is going to see whether they can play a role in the national agenda item of this problem. They want to go to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) to see what the options are. In addition, discussions will also be held with other cities experiencing related problems.
Watch the report of AT5/NH Amsterdam here.