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
- In cases where medical confidentiality has been improperly compromised, patients may submit a complaint against the guilty party. For more information, see:
- Patients whose medical confidentiality has been improperly compromised may sue in court for monetary compensation.
Transfer of Medical Information from Health Plans to Hospitals
- As of today, essential information can be shared and transferred between the health funds and the hospitals through a closed communication network.
- Patients who do not want their medical information transferred are permitted to submit a request canceling the transfer of the information.
- For more information see Sharing and Transfer of Patient Medical Information between the Health Funds and the Hospitals.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support, click here.
Laws and Regulations
- 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.