A private member's bill to establish private medical service (SHARAP) in the public hospitals has been initiated by Kadima MK Rachel Adatto and signed by 22 MKs from coalition and opposition parties.
Adatto, a gynecologist and former deputy director-general of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, noted on Sunday that she was well familiar with the benefits of SHARAP, as it has existed in Jerusalem voluntary hospitals for many decades. She said it should become legal in government and health fund hospitals for patients to be able to choose their surgeons and consultants under strict supervision to prevent abuses.
She said SHARAP in the public hospitals would enable hospital physicians to remain at their workplace in the late afternoons and evenings instead of going to private hospitals to do extra work.
Deputy Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman has already come out in favor of SHARAP in all the public hospitals, but it is opposed by various government and private interest groups including the private hospitals.