Introduction:

All care providers are required to maintain the medical confidentiality of their patients.
In cases in which medical confidentiality must be compromised, patient consent must be obtained before disclosing the information.
There are certain circumstances that require disclosing medical information even without patient consent.


According to Section 19 of The Patient's Rights Law, all care providers and medical facility employees are obligated to keep all information they receive while fulfilling their professional duties or while at work regarding patients private.

  • Care providers and management of medical facilities must take all necessary steps to ensure that the medical confidentiality of patients' personal information is upheld.
  • A patient's personal medical information must remain private as long as the patient has not waived his/her right to medical confidentiality.
  • In cases in which medical confidentiality must be compromised, patient consent must be obtained before disclosing the information. For more information, see: Waiving Medical Confidentiality.
  • There are cases in which the care provider or medical facility are permitted (and sometimes even required) to disclose medical information to others even without patient consent.

Who is Eligible?

  • Any patient (a person receiving medical or paramedical treatment).

How to Claim It?

  • All patients are automatically entitled to have their medical confidentiality maintained.

Compromising Medical Confidentiality

Transfer of Medical Information from Health Plans to Hospitals


Aid Organizations

  • For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support, click here.

Government Agencies

Laws and Regulations

Credits

  • Original information written as part of IDC-Herzliya's legal clinic to assist children and youth at risk, in cooperation with ELEM.
  • English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.