Israel Medical Association Optimistic on Absorption of Physicians

Ninety percent of the more than 500 doctors who have arrived in Israel during the past two years have been satisfactorily absorbed, an expert reported today in discounting fears that medical personnel in the current immigration from Rumania and other East European lands might have trouble resuming their professions.

Dr. R. Grjebin, chairman of the Israel Medical Association, said that, by January 1, there were 4, 209 licensed physicians, including research and laboratory specialists, in Israel. He reported that of the 150 physicians who have arrived as immigrants since last October, some 60 have already been placed in positions. He said a special committee of medical institution and municipal officials was drawing up plans to engage more doctors.

In estimating Israel’s capacity to absorb doctors, he declared: “One must not forget that many physicians arrive, so to speak, with their patients.” He added that the growing population would need more doctors, noting that there were “even now vast regions” where adequate medical staff facilities were lacking. Many branches of industrial medicine, medical administration and preventive medicine will need medical technicians, he said.

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