The Patient’s Rights Law was approved by a plenum of the Knesset on May 1, 1996. The law has come to define the relationship between people requiring treatment and doctors and other medical professionals. A major benefit of the law is that it has defined a set of behavioral norms and codes related to patients’ rights that are binding for all medical professionals.
• To receive appropriate medical treatment and kind and thoughtful attitude, while protecting your dignity and privacy, as much as possible.
• Entitlement to the presence of another person during physical examination and according to customary conditions of the hospital.
• To know the name, profession and job of the one who gives you treatment.
• To receive explanations regarding your disease, your offered treatment – including the predicted effectiveness and the possible risks – as well as option of alternative treatment.
• To appoint representative on your behalf (power of attorney), who will be authorized to agree or to refuse instead of you to get medical treatment, under the conditions you will provide.
• To receive medical information from your medical record, including receipt of a copy, subjected to the therapist’s discretion. For more information you may refer to the Medical Records Office.
• To obtain second opinion within your initiation, on your account and under your responsibility and in coordination with the therapeutic staff.
• To know that, as much as possible, and by any applicable law, the information connected with your medical condition and your treatment will be held confidential.
• To inquire to the Patient Rights Supervisor and\or the Superior of the Hospital’s public inquiries in order to obtain consulting and assistance, according to the existing publication within the hospital.