Minutes Before Surgery, Operation Nixed for Lack of 'Right' Insurance

Doctor and patient tell very different stories of how a hernia procedure got canceled.

Dror (not his real name) had already been seen off by his family, and sat in a sterile robe, hat and shoes, nervously expecting to his hernia surgery to begin at Herzliya Medical Center. At the last minute, Professor Amram Ayalon, the private surgeon whom Dror contacted, informed him that he would not operate.