Israel rules on medical confidentiality

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1120
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

    The Israeli health ministry has issued guidelines to all the country's health workers detailing how to ensure confidentiality of medical information about their patients. The rules form the backbone of a government sponsored bill of hospital patients' rights, which is due to be passed by the Knesset (Israel's parliament).

    The guidelines were prepared by the health ministry's director general, Dr Meir Oren, who sent the document to all public and private hospitals and clinics. Previously, principles were open to interpretation by health workers and …

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