Magen David Adom ambulance 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved on Wednesday a 50 percent
discount on Magen David Adom ambulance fees for patients who received treatment
but were not evacuated to a hospital.
Committee chairman MK Haim Katz
(Likud) said the regulations were approved in cases where MDA medics were
alerted and the patient was treated but able to remain where he was. The
treatment may include questioning the patient about symptoms and medical
history, and using technological means to examine him, including taking blood
pressure, blood tests and physical exams of more than one bodily
According to existing law, MDA staffers and volunteers must
charge for their services.
Under the new regulations, the fee for
patients who are not evacuated will be 25% lower when a mobile intensive care
unit is called (for a total of NIS 175 after the discount) or 50% when an
ordinary ambulance is called (NIS 184 after the discount).
regulations the committee approved followed the passage of a government bill
stating that MDA will not collect fees if the patient was only examined but not
treated or if he refused to be evacuated to hospital. Now, even if the patient
is willing to be evacuated, he will pay reduced fees if treated but not brought
MDA is now entitled to give discounts and be flexible in
setting fees when providing services that are not emergency evacuations, such as
taking patients by ambulance to pre-arranged medical appointments, ensuring an
ambulance is present at public or mass events or providing treatment at an MDA