No health insurance: This can happen to anyone

The case of the ill Heinz Hoenig is causing a stir. The prejudice is that if you don’t have health insurance, it’s your own fault. Cornelia S.’s story shows that it can happen to anyone.

The 57-year-old architect Cornelia S. wrote to the starafter an article appeared there about why people in Germany still have no health insurance coverage today: “It’s not just the homeless or those who withdraw from the solidarity community that are affected, but also people like me and my family,” said S.

Reason for the star-article was about the fate of the seriously ill actor Heinz Hoenig, who has been fighting for his life in a Berlin hospital for two weeks. A few days ago he underwent an operation on his esophagus. Hoenig has no health insurance. According to his wife, he could no longer afford the high premiums after he stumbled into personal bankruptcy. Friends collected money for him via a donation platform. No one is collecting for the S. family.

No one can have their health insurance canceled – that’s the theory

Actually, there shouldn’t be any more cases like hers. German citizens must take out health insurance or private health insurance. The obligation also gives rise to a right – no one may have their insurance canceled if they would then be left without it. The legal basis for this was created between 2009 and 2013. But every law has loopholes. Cornelia S. and her 22-year-old son Constantin, who is now severely disabled, fell through one of these.

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