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Health Ministry chides hospitals over threat to deny care amid budget fight

Health Ministry Director General Chezy Levy chides six public hospitals for their threat to refuse to accept patients from Sunday until a budgetary dispute is resolved.

“We cannot accept a situation in which patients are used as bargaining chips,” Levy writes to the hospitals.

“The public hospitals are obligated to receive patients who arrive at their doors. Therefore, I do not accept the statement in your letter on the refusal to admit patients from Sunday,” adds Levy.

The hospitals are demanding the state increase their budgets, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Prison guards wearing protective clothing as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, seen as they transport a prisoner suspected of having the coronavirus at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on March 30, 2020. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
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