“Politics remain outside the walls of the hospital and we will work to provide the best medical care we can to every person,” said Prof. Adi Leiba, head of the clinic.
For the first time, an Israeli public medical center has launched a virtual clinic for Arabs from the Palestinian Authority (PA), operating according to the “remote medicine” model and using advanced technological aids over the Internet.
Despite the challenges faced by the Israeli health system, it is considered one of the leaders in the world, while the PA’s health system is lacking. The new clinic, run by the Assuta Ashdod Hospital, hopes to be the first of many Israeli clinics that can be of help to the PA public in need.
The clinic is headed by Prof. Adi Leiba, chief of Nephrology and Hypertension at Assuta Hospital, who served until 2016 as a senior officer in the IDF Medical Corps, and Dr. Yahya Jaber, a nephrologist and a resident in Bethlehem.
The clinic is unique in that it enables appointments for a variety of doctors, in such a way that no clinic is “harmed” in terms of the duration of the appointments, and on the other hand, residents of the PA can consult in any area where they are faced with a complex problem that has not been solved locally.
The first patient went “on air” on Thursday and it is expected that when the service begins – there will be a great demand for it from the residents of the PA.
Leiba stated that “every person, regardless of who they are, was born in the image of God, and every person is entitled to quality medical care regardless of religion, gender, or nationality. Politics remain outside the walls of the hospital and we will work to provide the best medical care we can to every person.”