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:
- The head of a department or unit in the facility where the patient is being treated.
- 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.
- 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.
Laws & Regulations
- Original information provided by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.