The Civil Administration’s Health Office is one of many offices that works collaboratively with the Palestinian Authority, international organizations and private institutions in order to improve services to Judea and Samaria inhabitants.
The story of Baraa Inhabi, the 29-year-old mother of five who received life-saving treatment in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, is a prime example of how the CA Health Department operates and the priority it places on both short and long term health issues. As with Baraa’s case, the Civil Administration not only worked with the PA and Hadassah hospital in order to resolve her urgent medical needs, but also facilitated medical training sessions for doctors at Qalquilya Hospital to address a knowledge gap.
Because modern hospitals in the Judea and Samaria region are sometimes unable to deal with more complex medical conditions, the CA Health Office is tasked with coordinating the transfer of the Palestinian patient to Israel. In the first six months of 2011, there were 83,058 Palestinian patients treated in Israel, often accompanied by a caretaker or family member. In the face of an ongoing low intensity conflict with serious security considerations, the sheer number of visitors to Israel from the Palestinian territories represents the Civil Administration’s massive commitment to health.
The CA Health Office does more than coordinate the travel of Palestinian patients into Israel – the office interacts with the various hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and the Palestinian Authority to coordinate medical treatments and defray the costs associated with them. Since 2010 the Civil Administration has spent 5 million NIS on urgent Palestinian medical cases such as Baraa Inhabi’s.