Between 2005 and 2015, the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Israel rose by an astonishing 30%, and the amounts awarded by courts to plaintiffs have more than doubled. Since 2005, public medical institutions paid out more than 2 billion shekels ($571 billion USD) in claims. One of the reasons for the significant rise in the number of claims and court-awarded damages is the expansion of the grounds for suits to include not only concrete harm to health but also violations of patient autonomy and damage to the patient’s family.
In 2015, Israeli hospitals paid out 220 million shekels in malpractice compensation, primarily for claims of negligent care and erroneous diagnoses. In addition, tens of millions of shekels were paid out by psychiatric wards, geriatric centers and health clinics all over the country. During 2015, there were 1,805 suits filed, compared to 1,184 in 2005. These and other statistics were presented at the annual conference of the Israel National Institute for Health Policy, this week, which focused on the issue of medical malpractice.
According to a similar study conducted by attorney Omer Peled of Tel Aviv University, which examined malpractice suits over the past five years, courts rule in favor of the plaintiffs in 48% of the cases. The main claim in the suits that were decided was that the treatment was negligent or that there was an error in diagnosis. 49% of all the lawsuits claimed there had been a negligent performance by a medical procedure; 31% claimed negligence in diagnosis; 16% claimed negligence in the choice of treatment; 7% complained about the monitoring of the patient in the hospital ward; and 5.5% claimed negligence in post-operative treatment.
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