Tuesday, August 1, the Ministry of health has issued new guidelines for family doctors for issuing sick leaves to employees.
According to the website Mako, in accordance with the new instructions, the family doctor can give sick leave to four days, without meeting with the patient.
In the instructions of the Ministry of health, signed by the head of the medical administration of the Ministry Vered Ezra, also said that the doctor may extend sick leave in cases where it is obvious that the patient is still unable to get to work. For example, this applies to the rehabilitation period after surgery.
In accordance with the new rules, the diagnosis should be specified in the individual case of the patient, but no need to write it in the sick leave, which shall be presented to the employer.
The health Ministry insists that the doctors avoided to prescribe sick leave after the fact.
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