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Ministers veto equal access to health care for children of non-Israeli citizens

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1064
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    A bill that would have entitled children who live in Israel but lack citizenship to access health services in the same way as their Israeli peers has been voted down by the ministerial committee on legislation.

    The finance ministry opposed it on the grounds that it would “encourage illegal immigration” to the country, and the health ministry said that existing arrangements met the health needs of all children residing in Israel who are not citizens.

    The bill was tabled by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel as an amendment to the National Health Insurance Law of 1994 and presented by the left wing member …

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