All patients are entitled to have their privacy maintained when receiving medical treatment.
- All medical care providers, those under the supervision of medical care providers, and all other employees in medical facilities must do their utmost to maintain the dignity and privacy of the patients during all stages of medical care and in all situations.
- If it is not possible to treat patients individually, medical care providers must ensure that the patients' beds are concealed by a curtain or divider so that they are not unnecessarily exposed.
- Medical care providers must prevent the disclosure of patients' medical information to others as much as possible, while talking to the patients, in discussions with other medical care providers, and when information is posted in public places.
- The medical facility administration must establish instructions and procedures to guarantee that patients' dignity and privacy are maintained in that facility.
Who is Eligible?
- All patients.
Maintaining Dignity and Privacy During a Physical Examination
- Patients may refuse to allow a student to be present and/or perform an examination as part of the medical care they are receiving. For more information, see: Refusing the Presence of Students at Medical Examinations or Procedures
- All patients are entitled to have another person present during a physical examination. For more information, see: Presence of a Family Member During Medical Examinations.
- All medical care providers must maintain all patients' medical confidentiality. For more information, see: Maintaining Medical Confidentiality.
- The Mazor Clinical Center - Providing legal advice regarding patients rights in Israel
- The Society for Patients Rights in Israel
- Haverim L'Refuah (Friends for Health) - Assistance in finding and purchasing medications
- Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
- The Dolev Foundation for Medical Justice
- For a comprehensive list of health and illness aid organizations
- The Ministry of Health
- The Ministry of Health's Health Voice Call Center: *5400
- The National Health Insurance Law Ombudsman
Laws and Regulations
- Ministry of Health Director Circular 09/2006 from 3.4.06 - Patient Bill of Rights from the perspective of the treating medical care provider
- Medical Administrative Circular 28/2005 from 4.7.2005 - Regarding the participation of students in clinical activity
- The Patient's Rights Law
- Original information written with the help of the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.