Foreign funders to pay for survivors’ ambulances
Special fund is established by MDA’s friends organizations in Britain and France to cover Holocaust survivors' expenses.
Magen David Adom ambulances [file] Photo: Reuters
A special fund has been established by Magen David Adom’s friends organizations
in Britain and France to cover the expenses of ambulance evacuation for
Holocaust survivors who cannot afford to pay the fee.
blood-supply and ambulance service said on Sunday that the announcement was made
to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. The fund was initiated to assist some 60,000
of the low-income and distressed Holocaust survivors among the total of some
198,000 living in Israel.
Every year, MDA receives requests from
Holocaust survivors who are not entitled to receive compensation for ambulance
services from public agencies (such as the National Insurance Institute, health
funds and private insurance companies) to get free service. As MDA must by law
charge for its services, officials felt frustrated and looked for a “creative
solution.” It suggested to the “friends’ organizations” to cover the costs of
the needy survivors.
Dr. Lazar Kaplan, president of the MDA Friends
Organization in France, said he regarded the task of helping distressed
survivors as very important and welcomed the fact that supporters will now make
it possible to get professional services without suffering a financial
MDA director-general Eli Bin said that “the dry law doesn’t allow
us to provide an adequate solution to the needs of all individuals, especially
Holocaust survivors... As they were full partners in the establishment and
development of the state since its founding, we were determined to establish a
fund to meet their needs. There is no doubt that the service is necessary, and
MDA will do all it can to help tens of thousands of survivors who live in Israel