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Health Politics ENGLISH BIG QUESTIONS: Self-determination law, citizens' insurance and non-discriminatory care for the elderly Foto: Cornelis Gollhardt The industrial nation of Germany can appear to people in the world like a paradise. Yet even if problems such as poverty, social justice and health care continue to be discussed and politically represented in this country in 2021, there are still so many problems. Sven Lehmann has been a member of the Bundestag for Die Grünen (Green Party) for four years and gives us some answers to questions that our community should definitely ask. 16 CHECK BERLIN/BRANDENBURG #6

Health Politics Hello, Mr. Lehmann, the action plan for the acceptance of sexual and gender diversity and against homophobia and trans-hostility is on everyone's mind. Are there any specific suggestions for improving health care for LGBTI* people? The social and health situation of LGBTI* in Germany is worrying. The federal government confirmed this in response to my inquiry – and yet they are not doing anything about it. In our action plan, Die Grünen propose many measures that explicitly aim to improve health care for LGBTI* people. First and foremost for me is the demand for health care for transgender and intersex people, which puts their self-determination in the foreground and addresses their actual needs. In addition, the action plan includes other important measures, such as strengthening awareness-raising work about HIV and current treatment and prevention options among doctors in order to prevent stigmatization. We also want the Federal Ministry of Health to regularly prepare a report on the health situation of LGBTI* people in Germany, which in the future should serve as concrete guidance for LGBTI*-sensitive health care. What about in the care sector? Here, too, it is incredibly important to adequately take into account the special interests and needs of LGBTI* people. The group of older LGBTI* people are rarely thought of, although it is precisely them who have fought for the many freedoms we enjoy today. And that's exactly why we have to ensure that they are protected in old age from any risk of exclusion, hostility and discrimination in all areas of elderly care and senior work. Specifically, we want to promote model projects that strengthen the participation of older LGBTI* people through self-determined and communal living. Another topic in the green party program is about the reform of the insurance structure, wanting to introduce citizens’ insurance. Could you briefly explain the idea? It is about ensuring solidarity, justice and, last but not least, quality for everyone in the health and care system. With the citizens' insurance for health and care, we want to gradually include everyone in the financing of a highperformance and solidarity insurance system. That includes civil servants, self-employed persons and members of parliament. With this we want to move away from the existing twoclass system, from which a few benefit to the disadvantage of many. All citizens should be reliably protected regardless of their income and receive high-quality care. What advantages would the citizens have from such a reform? A community insurance based on solidarity ensures that in future all people will get the health care they need, regardless of the size of their wallet. Nobody has to fear unaffordable contributions in the event of illness or old age, as is now often the case with privately insured persons. Unnecessary treatments for privately insured persons will then be a thing of the past, as will poor care for those with statutory insurance. In addition, the citizens’ insurance enables a solid, sustainable health system that can keep up with the higher costs caused by medical progress and demographic change. Let’s talk about the self-determination law. How realistic do you think it is that a green government will be able to implement the required changes? In the recent vote in the Bundestag on our self-determination law, the CDU / CSU have massively blocked it and the SPD has bowed to the coalition requirement – although a new regulation of the current Transsexuellengesetz (TSG, German Transsexual Law) was agreed in the coalition agreement of the CDU / CSU and SPD. But we were also very disappointed by the FDP's abstention from the self-determination law proposed by us. After the general election, I hope for new majorities. In any case, the abolition of the TSG and a new self-determination law have a very high priority for Die Grünen. My party and I will do everything to ensure that the current law, which violates human rights, finally becomes history as quickly as possible! (ts,mb) Interview: Torsten Schwick CHECK BERLIN/BRANDENBURG #6 17

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