Medical tourism code targets abuses

November 24, 2015 04:32


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The Israel Medical Association and the Israeli Chambers of Commerce’s Medical Tourism Association signed on Monday a joint ethical code, as medical tourism in the country is a NIS 1.5 billion industry and can involve abuses.

IMA chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman said the level of medicine here and the reputation of physicians are very good.

“They can turn Israel into a world power in the field and contribute to exports similar to that of the most advanced countries,” he said. “The health system, which suffers from a lack of resources, could become stronger and benefit Israelis.”

Uriel Lynn, president of the Federation of the Israeli Chambers of Commerce, called on the country to adopt a policy of expanding medical tourism to improve the hospitals and give better service to local patients.

He predicted that it can be expanded to NIS 5b. within three years.

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