Introduction:

A "terminally ill patient" is someone suffering from an incurable illness for whom life expectancy does not exceed six months even if treatment is provided
According to The Terminally Ill Patient Law, a "presiding physician" (רופא אחראי) is authorized to determine if a patient is "terminally ill"

According to The Terminally Ill Patient Law, a "terminally ill patient" is someone suffering from an incurable illness for whom life expectancy does not exceed six months even if treatment is provided.

  • According to the law, a "presiding physician" (רופא אחראי) is a senior physician who is authorized to determine if a patient is "terminally ill".

Definition of "Presiding Physician"

  • According to the law, a "presiding physician" must be one of the following:
  1. The head of a department or unit in the facility where the patient is being treated.
  2. A medical specialist whom the head of the medical facility, department or unit has appointed to be responsible with regard to this issue for the patients being treated in the facility.
  3. District health plan physician or someone appointed by him/her for patients being treated in the community.

Final Stage Patients

  • The law defines the "final stage" as a medical condition in which a number of the patient's vital systems have failed, and life expectancy does not exceed two weeks, even with medical treatment.

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