A doctor treats a patient at an Israeli hospital..
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi)
Amendments to the law regulating paramedical professions were approved on Tuesday by the Knesset Labor, Social Affairs and Health Committee for a second and third reading in the plenum, which was due to be held later in the evening.
The bill will add clinical criminology, podiatry, surgical podiatry and chiropractic to the list of recognized health professions. In addition, changes were made in the existing recognized health professions of occupational therapy, physical therapy, clinical communications specialists and clinical dietitians.
Those who graduated in these disciplines from Israeli academic
institutions before January 30, 2009 and meet the criteria of the law
will be exempt from having to take a licensing test. Those who
graduated from foreign institutions will also be exempt if they worked
in their field in Israel for at least a year during the past five
years, under a supervisor who had a recognized license in the
Those who did not can register for the test or work
for at least one year. Those who studied abroad can get a temporary
license, in effect until January 30, 2013. A foreign graduate who
worked in Israel for at least five years in the field will be exempt
from an exam.
The amendments were initiated by the Health Ministry.