Health Ministry opposes bill to fine late patients

November 30, 2010 17:41


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Deputy Health Minister MK Ya’acov Litzman and senior professional levels in the ministry came out on Tuesday in strong opposition to the government bill for fining patients who do not arrive on time or at all for their doctors’ appointments, which was passed on its first reading on Monday.

Litzman said he and his office would "stop the bill by every possible way" and that it was superfluous. The bill, which passed on a 23 to 16 vote, would result result in a NIS 10 fine for those who didn’t turn up for their appointment but not provide any money for those who waited in vain for a doctor to appear for the appointment. Litzman said such a law would harm the public and especially weak socioeconomic groups.

Some have suggested that patients frequently do not show up for doctor’s appointments, wreaking havoc on schedules and wasting doctors’ time, but that a fine was not in order. Rather, if the same patient failed to show up three times, he should be denied an appointment with the doctor.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
May 21, 2019
Pensioner protesters demonstrate against cutbacks in pensions