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Doctors' strike in Israel may be good for health

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7249.1561 (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1561
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Industrial action by doctors in Israel seems to be good for their patients'health. Death rateshave dropped considerably in most of the country since physicians in public hospitals implementeda programme of sanctions three months ago, according to a survey of burial societies.

    The Israel Medical Association began the action on 9 March to protest against the treasury's proposed imposition of a new four year wage contract for doctors. Since then, hundreds of thousands of visits to outpatient clinics have been cancelled or postponed along with tens of thousands of elective operations. Public hospitals, which provide the vast majority of secondary and tertiary medical care, have kept their emergency rooms, dialysis units, oncology departments, obstetric and …

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