We believe that we need a new health movement that challenges the current health system. With this project, we want to encourage each other to make demands, get to know other groups and their struggles, learn about their needs and perspectives, and build alliances to make all of our intersecting demands heard.

Demands

You deserve to be heard

3 Demands
The complaint system which handles objections to medical injustice is often inefficient, requires time, skills and legal knowledge and often financial resources. These assets are mostly unavailable to people who are being discriminated against or find themselves in crises, hospitalised or institutionalised.

You deserve non-intimidating, easy-to-navigate healthcare services

5 Demands
The German healthcare system, the social system and the asylum system in Germany produce anxiety and stress. They put pressure on people and thus negatively affect their health when they are already in vulnerable situations. Filling out forms, applying for assistance, medical devices, therapies and services, having applications rejected, responsibilities being delegated between different parties and deadlines being stretched to their limits exhausts healthcare users.

You deserve to be perceived as a full person

2 Demands
The healthcare system must not harm its users. Acts of everyday racism, patronising communication, incorrect use of pronouns and names, and dismissal of personal experiences harm people who are looking for medical support.

You deserve support in navigating the German healthcare system

9 Demands
Vulnerable groups need comprehensive health support to cope with trauma and stress.

You deserve healthcare that acknowledges its own history

4 Demands
Concepts of health and well-being in the German healthcare system do not take into account the history and continuity of colonisation, racism, classism, ableism, and discrimination of LGBTQIA+ people. By establishing concepts and norms of so-called healthy bodies and minds, they leave damaging traces on families, identities and bodies. The effect that unresolved histories of violence and perpetuating discrimination have on physical and emotional health is not sufficiently researched and acknowledged.

You deserve to receive medical care from diverse practitioners

7 Demands
In Germany, doctors and chief physicians are predominantly white, non-disabled and socially privileged. Structurally racist job recommendations direct migrants and BIPoC into more precarious jobs in healthcare, such as carers, nurses and service staff. Classist and white privileges in healthcare professions are passed on, keeping medicine an elitist professional field that accumulates power, money and status.

You deserve to be safe

3 Demands
Many people with white privilege do not voluntarily confront the racist impact of their actions and internalised beliefs. This renders the German healthcare system a potentially unsafe and damaging field for people affected by racism. This also applies to other internalised violent norms, such as ableism or cissexism.

You deserve all the time you need

1 Demand
Communication with interpreters, communication with assistants, as well as challenging and complex health situations require time. People who need more time than the healthcare system anticipates are often made to feel burdensome or difficult. We are often left with the feeling of taking up too much space. Complex communicative situations need to be facilitated in healthcare services.

You deserve to receive information and to have choices

2 Demands
Users of the healthcare system must be given the opportunity to choose nondiscriminatory, accessible services. The following information should be available:

You deserve healthcare regardless of your situation

3 Demands
People in a particularly vulnerable situation – such as refugees involved in asylum procedures or housed in shelters – need to receive access to full-scale healthcare services. For people with learning disabilities and/or for people who don’t speak German, the healthcare system is particularly inaccessible. Making it accessible for those currently excluded, hindered and obstructed must be a priority in developing new healthcare guidelines and policies.

Interviews & Texts

We must abolish the coercive apparatus of health insurance all together.

Interview with Mine Pleasure Bouvar
As a trans* activist, educational speaker and DJ, Mine subverts the Cistem. Mine studied scenic arts, is part of female:pressure, the federal trans association and gives lectures and workshops on anti-discrimination and power critique. The conversation was held with Julia and Kim from the New Health Movement.

It's about fighting for healthcare for all.

Interview with Women in Exile
Women in Exile (WiE) have been developing and publishing demands on the health system, and reporting on the discriminatory experiences that refugee women have in Germany for a long time. For example, WiE published the health magazine Healthcare for all, without discrimination!. For the twentieth anniversary of Women in Exile, the book Breaking Borders to Build Bridges – 20 Years of Women in Exile, was recently published. On a winter morning, Nam and Inga from the New Health Movement met Mado and Jana at the premises of Women in Exile in Neukölln, Berlin.

When I look at my own experience in the health system, I see barriers everywhere.

Interview mit Platz da!
<Platz da!> Consultancy for inclusive and accessible cultural education is made up of a team of people with and without disabilities and chronic illnesses. They offer advice for cultural institutions on removing barriers in the areas of seeing, hearing, moving and learning. <Platz da!> has developed many thematic and multi-perspective workshops since its foundation in 2017. In relation to the health system, <Platz da!> reminds us of the importance of making our questions more accessible too. How are we formulating our questions? And who is being asked to make wishes and demands? How do we explain the health system to each other? The hybrid conversation with Stefanie Wiens and Katrin Dinges from <Platz da!> was conducted by Julia and Inga from the New Health Movement.

We demand obligatory sensitisation with regard to structures critical of racism.

Interview with Bundesfachnetz Gesundheit und Rassismus
We got to know the Bundesfachnetz Gesundheit und Rassismus (Federal Network Health and Racism) at the 2022 conference on gender medicine at Kampnagel and were very much looking forward to learning more about their work. Again and again, we notice that people and initiatives working on the missing parts of the German health system are confronted with an incredibly high demand. When people work on a voluntary basis or with little funding to address these shortcomings, it becomes clear how urgently adequate and structural funding for research and advisory structures is needed. Kim and Inga from the New Health Movement met Yasmina Metwally and Sina Rahel Holzmair from Bundesfachnetz Gesundheit und Rassismus. The interview questions and demands had been discussed internally by the Bundesfachnetz amongst Kadijata Bah, Mariela Georg, Diminga Lorenz, Sumona Dhakal, Sina Rahel Holzmair and Yasmina Metwally.

To deal with one‘s own privileges, with racism, with prejudices and everything that goes with it

Interview with Casa Kuà
Instead of waiting for changes in the health system, in 2020 Casa Kuà began creating a place that is much-needed by transgender, intersex and queer People of Colour, Black and Indigenous people in Berlin. Casa Kuà demonstrates how fundamentally different self-organised spaces for health and community can be run outside of the limitations and the dictates of the health system. The interview with Tzoa from Casa Kuà was conducted by Nam, Kim and Julia from the New Health Movement.

Discrimination and racism must finally stop

Statement from RomaniPhen e.V.
In preparation to this collaboration Inga spoke with Svetlana Kostić and Isidora Randelović in the rooms of the RomaniPhen e.V. Archive. We talked about the extent to which it makes sense to make demands on the health system if we cannot enforce them. Isidora stated that it is important to make only those demands that we will pursue. They both said that of course, in any given situation in the German health system, many discriminatory experiences can be traced that Rom:nja and Sinti:zze experience. But discrimination against Rom:nja and Sinti:zze is by no means limited to the healthcare system. It would make more sense to approach the question of demands on the health system through the concept of Reproductive Justice. By Reproductive Justice we mean not only the right to sexual self-determination, such as the right to abortion. It is also the right to have children and to have one‘s children grow up in good conditions. RomaniPhen e.V. organised a focus group on this issue and shared …

These demands were developed collectively and are based on the interviews with the following initiatives:

(Federal Network Health and Racism) Political and racism-critical networking
An initiative working for more inclusive cultural institutions, offering accessible cultural education formats.
As a trans* activist, educational speaker and DJ, Mine subverts the Cistem. Mine studied scenic arts, is part of female:pressure, the federal trans association and gives lectures and workshops on anti-discrimination and power critique.
An initiative of refugee women founded in Brandenburg in 2002 by refugee women to fight for their rights.