No Credit Card? Israeli Hospitals Could Just Let You Die

What happens to people who are in desperate need of medical treatment but can’t afford to pay for it?

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Hilo Glazer
Hilo Glazer
Hilo Glazer
Hilo Glazer

She was two and a half years old. She had a high temperature and possibly a serious infection. It was a life-threatening situation. Dr. Margalit Lorber didn’t hesitate, referred the child urgently to the ER in the nearest hospital: Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa. But the hospital refused to admit her. “They told the baby’s parents: ‘Bring a credit card,’” Lorber relates. “No credit card? Go home.’”

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