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Hotam organization demands Knesset forbid preferential treatment of Palestinian Arabs, medical tourists, at Israelis’ expense.The Knesset Committee early in September discussed a law proposal submitted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) and MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Union) regarding “medical tourists” to Israel.”Medical tourists” are patients who come from abroad, usually from countries with poor health care, in order to receive better care in Israel. Since they are not covered by governmental health insurance, the payment received for their treatment is much higher than the payment received for treating Israeli citizens.

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In a 2015 report, the State Comptroller noted that hospitals prefer medical tourists and Palestinian Arabs over Israelis. Palestinian Arabs pay much less than medical tourists.A report by the Knesset’s Research and Information Center showed that in Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, for example, the number of hospitalization days for Palestinian Arabs multiplied itself five times in two years. In 2011, Palestinian Arabs were hospitalized for 7,228 days; in 2015, the number jumped to 14,601 days. These statistics and others were collected by the “Lavi” civil rights organization.
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