Upon presenting an inheritance order or probate, the heirs of a patient who has passed away are entitled to receive information from the medical records of the deceased
For more information, see medical administration circular number 15/2003 from 09.03.2003 regarding waiving confidentiality - providing medical information about a patient
- If a patient has passed away, the patient's heirs are entitled to review his/her medical records.
Who is Eligible?
- The heirs of a patient who has passed away.
How to Claim It?
- In order to receive medical records for someone who has passed away, the person applying for access to such information must present one of the following documents (original or certified copy):
- An inheritance order in which he/she is indicated to be an heir.
- A probate order in which he/she is indicated to be an heir.
- A court order approving the provision of the information to the person requesting it.
- An affidavit by the applicant, verified by a lawyer or court registrar in which he/she declares to be the sole heir of the deceased or all heirs agree to disclosure of the information, and that the applicant does not oppose disclosure of the information to the other heirs.
- The cost of a copy of medical records is according to the medical services price listing posted on the Ministry of Health website (the price listing is available in an English Excel file).
- If the applicant submits an affidavit to receive the medical information, but the affidavit contradicts information detailed in the medical record, the affidavit will not suffice, and a court order will be necessary.
- 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
Laws and Regulations
- Medical Administration Circular No. 15/2003 from 09.03.2003 regarding waiving medical confidentiality and disclosing patients' medical information.
- Original information written by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.