The Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee on
Tuesday approved for its second and third readings in the plenum a government
bill stipulating that Magen David Adom may choose not to charge emergency
victims fees if they have only been examined but not treated and refuse to be
taken to hospital.
If an ambulance has been called and MDA medics give treatment
on the site only, without evacuating the person, only a reduced fee will be
charged. In addition, the bill stipulates that the first-aid, ambulance and
blood supply organization is entitled to give discounts on fees for
non-emergency services it provides, such as taking patients to medical
appointments arranged in advance or the use of an ambulance at a public event.
MDA will also be empowered to forgo payments for interest, linkage or fines for
Until now, MDA was required by the government to charge the full