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Israel gives health cover to children of illegal workers

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:512
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israel has introduced a health insurance programme for the children of foreign workers—both legal and illegal—designed to improve the wellbeing of thousands of youngsters.

    Officially, there are some 80 000 foreign workers in the country, mainly from Thailand, Romania, the Philippines, China, and Africa, but the actual figures are thought to be much higher.

    Most of these workers want to stay in Israel for only a few years to make money and then return home to their families. If they have children, getting health care for them can be a worry: employers' private health insurance schemes for legal workers cover only …

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