Knesset Authorizes Licensing for Foreign-Trained Medical Workers

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The Knesset on Tuesday passed its second and third reading of a bill which recognizes the qualifications of health workers who studied at overseas institutions, and allows the granting of an Israeli license based on their previous certification and experience. Those included in the measure include: physiotherapists, dietitians, communications specialists, and others.

In recent years, many workers in the field of medical assistance have arrived in Israel, seeking Israeli licenses based on their overseas licenses. In Israel, workers in the field usually must earn a college degree to work in these areas, as opposed some other countries, where workers can receive their licenses after passing a test. The new law, said MK Eli Alalouf, chairman of the Knesset Welfare Committee, will bridge that gap.

In addition, he said, the law will help encourage immigration to Israel. “Israel is suffering from a lack of professionals in these areas. We often look at an academic degree as some sort of super-qualification, and that is not necessarily the case. This law will repair that situation.”