Berlin (dpa) - In Germany there are more and more people without health insurance. While there were 79,000 people affected in 2015, there were 143,000 people in the country without health insurance last year.

This emerges from data published by the Federal Statistical Office. The left in the Bundestag drew attention to this in a report in the "Saarbrücker Zeitung". In western Germany there were recently 117,000, in the new federal states 26,000. There were 78.94 million people with health insurance last year.

The left-wing social politician Sabine Zimmermann called on the federal government to guarantee the right to medical care. Specifically, she proposed the immediate establishment of a fund to finance the treatment of people without health insurance. Voluntarily insured persons such as the self-employed with low incomes would have to be relieved more of the contribution payments.

The Federal Statistical Office published results from the survey of the 2019 microcensus on health insurance coverage at the end of July. The microcensus is a representative survey of households in Germany. Around one percent of the population takes part in the survey every year. Health insurance questions are asked every four years.

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