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April 08, 1983 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-08

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THE DETROIT JEWISH. NEWS

Friday, April 8, 1983

25

`Deductible' Cuts Case Load During Israel's Doctor Strike

By HUGH ORGEL
TEL AVIV (JTA) — My
doctor's receptioriist tells
telephone inquirers that the
doctor receives "urgent or
important cases" in his
surgery. But she does not
tell them they will have to
pay 600 Shekels (about $16)
for the visit, on top of their
usual monthly payment to
their Kupat Holim (sick-
fund). •
She doesn't have to. In
this sixth week of a strike by
Israel's 8,500 salaried

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physicians in government
hospitals and sick-fund
clinics, patients in im-
mediate need of medical
treatment appear to b6 pay-
ing up without argument,
albeit not too happily.
When I asked my doctor
to renew prescriptions for
medicines I have been tak-
ing for some time he told
me: "Leave the list with my
secretary and then come in
again to pick up the
prescription. If I see you
face-to-face, I shall have to
charge you the 600
Shekels."
The strike committee's
system varies from sick-
fund to sick-fund, but the
special charge is
country-wide. In my par-
ticular sick-fund, where
doctors see- patients in
their ,own offices and
issue • prescriptions
which are filled or
supplied by private
pharmacies, with' the
patient paying 10 percent
of the cost and the sick-
fund the balance, matters
are more or less
straightforward.
But in the major Kupat
Holim of Histadrut, to
which most Israelis belong,
things are more compli-
cated. There, doctors see
patients mainly in the
clinics. The sick-fund and
the government have com-
plained that the doctors
charge extra fees for use of

state-owned or Histadrut edge the fact that young tinue their negotiations for provide higher starting
facilities.
doctors, in the first few a reconsideration of the sal- salaries for junior MDs and
Kupat
Holim years of their medical ary scale of publicly- fewer hours.
prescriptions aie filled in careers, are grossly employed doctors. Both
sick-fund pharmacies which underpaid and over- sides are considering
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do not honor prescriptions worked by excessively suggestions of a technical
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emergency wards, doctors publicized the exremely
on duty are on a restricted large incomes of senior
Sabbath schedule, though physicians who head de-
emergencies, including ac- partments after decades
cident cases, heart attacks of medical practice. In Is-
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Meanwhile, the doctors
ment.
Sam ScOtella
The extra payment de- -and the government con-
mand has had one clear
effect,: the doctors' work
load has been drastically
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In general, health care
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does not appear to have de-
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teriorated because of the
strike. Early reports that
sick people were going un-
treated appear to have been
disproved. •
An afternoon newspaper
splashed over its front page
an .alarming report that a
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woman, diagnosed as suffer-
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to "return after the strike
ends." It published a correc-
tion the next day, tucked
away on an inside page. The
correction said the doctor
had diagnosed a minor cyst
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