In 1987, when Prof. Alexander Aviram was appointed director of Assouta Medical Center, a private hospital in Tel Aviv, he was surprised to discover that, according to arrangements that existed in the institution, physicians who were not on the Assouta staff received payments for referring patients for examinations and treatments at the hospital.
M.S., a 55-year-old man from Tel Aviv, says he is glad he paid NIS 5,000 to have Dr. Gideon Oretzky, director of the heart surgery department at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, operate on him.
Two patients in Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, were given wrong blood transfusions by mistake, and a senior Health Ministry official called it "a serious case of negligence."
Ichilov Hospital chief Gabi Barabash was questioned for more than five hours yesterday by the Tel Aviv police fraud squad about allegations of bribery to cardiologists at other hospitals for sending patients to Ichilov.
The Clalit health maintenance organization and Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center are to sign an agreement that will allow gynecologist Prof. Zion Ben-Rafael to return as director of the hospital's maternity ward for four to six months.