Ã¢??Israel’s justice ministry is deciding whether to prosecute a hospital that held a newborn baby for two months as a “guarantee” until a bill was paid.
The ministry intervened last week to force Jerusalem’s al-Muqaddas hospital to return the girl to her mother, an Israeli Arab married to a Palestinian.
The hospital said it was not certain Israel’s national insurance would cover the $2,150 (Ã‚Â£1,250) treatment bill.
The mother, an Israeli citizen, gave birth to triplets two months ago. The births were premature and the babies required extensive hospital treatment.
Israeli Arabs, Israeli citizens of Palestinian descent, often complain of discrimination by Israeli institutions.
Because the children’s father was a Palestinian resident of the West Bank, the hospital demanded payment of the bill as it was not certain of recovering the costs from the National Insurance Institute (NII).
When the woman said she was unable to pay, the hospital released only two of the babies, keeping the third as a “guarantee”. The baby kept by the hospital was not in need of medical treatment. [source]Ã¢?Â