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Doctors' Errors and Mistakes of Medicine: Must Health Care Deteriorate?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:58

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I enjoyed reading this review, but unfortunately ,it contains an
error. There is in fact very little similarity in organisation between
the Israeli and American medical systems (with the unfortunate exception
of the financing of long term institutional care for the elderly). The
Israeli health care framework is much more like the UK or Canadian models:
universal in scope, largely publically financed and publically

For further details of the Israeli system, I recommend the fine
monograph recently published by the European Observatory on Health Care
Systems (ref 1).

Yours sincerely ,

A. Mark Clarfield MD, FRCPC,

Professor of Gerontology,
Ben Gurion University of the Negev,
Beer-sheva, Israel

Ref 1: Rosen B. in Thomson ,S. and Mossialos, E. (ed.)Health Care
Systems in Transition: Israel.Copenhagen, European Observatory on Health
Care Systems, 5(1) (2003).

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 July 2004
A. Mark Clarfield
Chief of Geriatrics
Soroka Hospital, PO Box 151 , Beersheva 84101, Israel