The Israel Medical Association (IMA), which will soon celebrate its 100th
anniversary, has appointed a former Supreme Court justice to head a committee
that will examine the nationwide organization of physicians and suggest new ways
to achieve its aims.
Retired justice Dalia Dorner, who is currently
chairman of the Israel Press Council, will head the public committee, which will
make recommendations to be presented at its 42nd convention. Other members are
medical Prof. Shaul Shasha and economist and former senior Treasury
official David Boaz.
The IMA has served for decades as a labor union for
doctors in the public sector (and some in the private sector who joined
voluntarily), an ethics bureau as well as a lobby for healthcare
IMA chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman said that that the three targets
it set a century ago are still relevant – forwarding the professional,
scientific and economic interests of its members; advancing the high
professional and ethical level of the profession; and promoting the status of
the physician and public medicine in the country.
“To continue to promote
these aims to a maximum degree, the IMA checks itself from time to time. The
organization’s 100th anniversary is the proper opportunity for a reexamination
by an external committee of how it carries out its aims,” said
The committee’s appointment letter states that it should
examine and make recommendations on the IMA’s code; the way in which decisions
are made and organizational processes; the connection with members and any other
subject that needs to be discussed.
Eidelman continued that the
committee’s assignment includes interviewing any physician who wants to speak
and has presented his position in writing. The committee will consider every
request and decide whether to invite the author or send a written response. The
first meeting will be held next week.