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Health Ministry urged to supervise medical tourism

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October 5, 2012 01:51

Although medical treatment for foreign tourists could come at the expense of local patients due to already inadequate manpower and facilities, the Health Ministry does not properly supervise its implementation and has not passed relevant legislation, according to a report the Knesset’s Research and Information Center issued.

MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) requested the preparation of the 13-page report. The professional researchers stated that as the ministry “does not have enough tools and resources to supervise medical tourism, setting down clear rules on what is permitted and forbidden,” supervision and monitoring are needed to prevent discrimination against economically disadvantaged Israeli residents who cannot afford private healthcare

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