Panel limits private doctors’ payments

Physicians and other medical professionals working in public or private medical facilities will no longer be allowed to accept any payment directly from patients. Instead, the copayments or other fees will be paid to the institution where the doctors are employed.

This amendment to the Arrangements Bill – which is soon to be passed by the plenum – was approved unanimously during its second and third readings on Thursday by the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee, and will go into effect on July 1, 2016.

Another amendment that was accepted was written to discourage doctors in the public sector from referring their patients to their private clinics.


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