Monthly Report: Health Access - Barriers for patients in the occupied Palestinian territory, June 2018

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 01 Aug 2018 View Original

2,202
referrals issued to Gaza patients to health facilities outside the Palestinian Ministry of Health

56%
of Gaza patient and companion permit applications to Israeli authorities for exit via Erez approved
63%
Gaza patients
49%
Gaza patient companions

81%
of West Bank patient and companion permit applications to Israeli authorities approved

25
Gaza patients called for security interview, 2 approved and 2 denied

IN FOCUS Humanitarian health staff access for the first half of 2018

Ref: Six
(Published 1 August 2018)

Part 1 Referrals

June Referrals by the Ministry of Health

In June, the Palestinian Ministry of Health approved 2,202 referral requests for Palestinian patients from Gaza to non-Ministry of Health facilities with an estimated cost of 9,249,584 NIS. 43% of referrals were for female patients; 25% were for children under the age of 18 years and 23% were for patients aged 60 years or older. More than a quarter (26%) of referrals were for cancer treatment and follow up. 1,820 (83%) referrals were for health care outside the Gaza Strip, with 1,545 (70%) requiring access through Erez crossing to Israel and 275 (12%) requiring access through Rafah terminal to Egypt. The remaining 382 (17%) were referred to non-Ministry of Health facilities in Gaza.