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Israel's surfeit of doctors leads to strike

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 07 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1185
  1. J Siegel-Itzkovich

    A 24 hour “warning strike” by 12 000 physicians in Israel last month was the result of frustration at the increasing struggle to find a place to work and a decent wage. The influx of 7000 immigrant doctors from the former Soviet Union during the past three years has increased the proportion of doctors in the population - already one of the highest proportions in the world; there is now one doctor for every 400 citizens.

    Some 1500 elective operations and tens of thousands of outpatients visits were cancelled during the strike, and only emergencies received …

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