Israeli Medical Tourism Association (IMTA) (part3)
Law on the protection of the rights of patients and the rights of foreign patients
The Israeli Medical Tourism Association is based in its activities on the Patient Rights Protection Act of May 1, 1996. This law protects the rights of the patient and declares the responsibility of medical workers who provide him with medical care. This law provides the following rights to all patients of Israeli clinics without exception:
The right to receive medical care in accordance with all the rules of Israeli health care, regardless of religion, race, gender, origin, age.
The right to emergency medical care without any preconditions. A patient who has been admitted to a doctor through an ambulance should be carefully examined and receive all necessary first aid.
The right to quality, humane and professional medical care.
The right to respect for oneself and one’s body, to respect for human dignity at all stages of medical care.
The right to privacy. In relation to all patients, medical workers are obliged to observe medical confidentiality, they are not allowed to disclose to third parties any information regarding their health, physical fitness, treatment, the cost of treatment in Israel, etc.
The right to full awareness of one’s state of health, including the right to receive one’s medical history (a copy thereof) on one’s hands.
The right to receive a full amount of information about all methods and means of treatment, about its purpose and stages, as well as a true assessment of chances. The patient should be fully informed about the pros, cons, possible complications and side effects of therapy, as well as the consequences of refusing treatment. Information should be brought to the attention of the patient in such a way as to be clear to him. In some cases, only with the permission of the commission on medical ethics, the doctor has the right not to inform the patient if he considers (and provides evidence) that the information received may endanger his life.
The right to informed consent to the use of a particular medical manipulation or procedure. The patient expresses consent to the treatment orally, in writing or demonstrates it with his behavior.
The right to information about those who provide medical care – their position, qualifications, experience.
Right to a second opinion. The patient has the right to receive an alternative opinion regarding his treatment.
The right to continue therapy. The patient has the right in the process of treatment to go to another doctor and even to another clinic, and may ask doctors (or clinics) to cooperate in order to continue the treatment.
The law requires all medical facilities in Israel to designate a staff member responsible for the rights of the patient. His responsibility is to advise the patient on the exercise of his rights in accordance with Israeli law. This employee receives all patient complaints that he must consider.
The strict observance of the law in relation to patients coming for treatment to Israel from abroad is the responsibility of the Israel Medical Tourism Association.