Even more Palestinian patients treated in Israel in 2011

According to Civil Administration, over 100,000 Palestinians received medical care in Israel - a 13% increase; over 100 Palestinian doctors interning at Israeli hospitals

Date: 19/01/2012, 5:01 PM     Author: Bamahane Magazine

Cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians in the medical field grows: An increase in the number of Palestinian patients treated in Israel was reported during 2011, according to Civil Administration annual summary. Approximately 115 thousand Palestinian patients were treated, over 100 Palestinian doctors interned at Israeli hospitals, and five organ donations were performed.

Annual summary data shows a 13% increase in the number of Palestinians treated in Israel in comparison to the previous year. "Every year more patients are sent to Israeli hospitals," said Civil Administration Health Coordinator, Mrs. Dalia Bassa.

Additionally, during 2011 five organ transplants saved the lives of Palestinian patients treated in Israeli hospitals. Two of the organs were donated by Israelis. Two operations on pregnant Palestinian women were performed as well at the Hadassa Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem, saving their babies.

2,000 Palestinian doctors attended conferences and educational programs in Israel and abroad, acquiring professional training. Additionally, 118 Palestinian doctors worked for a year as interns in Israeli hospitals.

"We hope to train Palestinian doctors and improve Palestinian medicine, strengthening cooperation," said Mrs. Bassa. "Health is a separate issue, Israeli and Palestinian doctors are friends, making medicine a bridge for peace."

Civil Administration works to improve the Palestinian medical system. "We hope that the Palestinians will be able to treat their own patients. Treating Palestinian in Israel requires special documentation and burdens the patients' families," explained Mrs. Bassa. "It's important to create a new generation of high-quality doctors that will open great hospitals."