Treatment of Palestinians at Israeli hospitals a top priority

COGAT carries out over 90% of requests by Palestinian patients to be treated at Israeli hospitals, according to recent World Health Organization report

Date: 30/04/2012, 6:57 PM     Author: COGAT Website

Data published in the World Health Organization's February 2012 report reflect efforts of both the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the Israeli government to facilitate passage of Palestinian patients from the Gaza Strip to Israeli hospitals.

According to the data published in the report, 91.5% of the requests for medical treatment at Israeli hospitals were approved and carried out, and 7.2% are currently under review. The Israeli government treats these cases with importance and urgency, as reflected by the statistics.

Subsidy for these transfers was provided by a variety of organizations including the Palestinian Health Ministry, the Physicians for Human Rights organization, the Peres Center for Peace and others. Some medical specialties are not offered at Gaza Strip hospitals and thus the patients are treated at hospitals in Israel or other neighboring countries.