Our Austrian member Diakonie Österreich has recently participated in a study analysing the extent and reasons of lack of health insurance in Austria.
As outlined by the study, the health insurance system in Austria is still showing worrying gaps, despite the recent extensions to vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers and minimum income recipient. The report was hence aimed at identifying the groups still affected by lack of health insurance in order to understand the reasons for these gaps and allow further improvements in social policies to outreach people at risk.
The study identified as groups at risks persons with precarious jobs, people affected by mental health diseases, recently divorced people who were previously dependent on the partner’s incomes, persons who are not exercising their right to minimum income, people changing their legal status, as well as unemployed EU migrants who don’t have the right to social security in Austria.
According to the study, the number of persons not covered by health insurance in Austria has dramatically increased, with an average of 4.000 persons in 2015 and a peak of 27.000 at the end of the same year.