The Ezra LeMarpeh Association, founded by Rabbi A. E. Firer, provides assistance to the sick and needy.
Media interview with Rabbi Firer
The decision on recommending a certain physician as the preferred choice is the result of consistent checks on the success of his approach, in relation to his past results and to other doctors that are dealing with the same type of problem, as well as his level of concern and involvement, and his up-to-dateness."
"Usually, the counselling is done specific, but rather it is a continuous "pumping" of data. Unless I am confronted with an issue that I haven't yet encountered in the past, in which case I try to reach the best professionals in Israel and abroad and to cross-match the information, in order to sieve that which is defined as advertisement.
"In addition to the above, I try to be updated on new research, from world medical periodicals, when I often get the initial draft edition, prior to the world edition."
"Naturally, there were times when I reconsidered a certain recommendation that I had made, but the cross-matching mechanisms that I've adapted make these cases very rare. Of course, at all times I pray to G-d that no mishap will result from my doing, and that He guide me to offer the right advice to those who come to us for help."
"I don't aspire to become a full-fledged doctor. There are enough doctors around. But people who can do my job, as an outside observer who sees medicine from a different and independent angle - of those there are not enough; therefore, I prefer to remain in my present position."
"It took me a lot of effort, much "nagging" doctors and a will to invest in order to understand, as I did for every field of medicine which I had to handle
"Firstly, in my opinion, the general public is well aware of the wide range of our organization's activities. Anyway, the number of calls is greater than the ability to give to everyone, without their feeling deprived. Secondly, a man in distress desperately grabs at anything, and it so happens that he hears of this possibility from friends, or friends' friends. In any case, I think that as far as we are concerned, we have already advertised often the possible ways of getting help from our organization, both via the electronic communication media, in writing and in notices that we put up in hospitals and Sick Funds Clinics."
"Medicine in Israel certainly takes a most respectable place in regard to world medicine. However, in specific cases, where one of the ingredients of success is experience, the extent of experience directly influences the results of the treatments. In rare cases, the Israeli experience is still not enough, so sometimes the recommendation is to prefer having treatments at locationswith more experience."
"The motto that is etched on our banner - namely, "We answer every call with full attention and care, free of charge" - expresses the wish to enable each and every one who needs help, to get it, without being troubled by the thought of how he could pay. We don't have the means of conducting a thorough investigation about each request, in order to establish criteria for payments. Our services were never given on condition of payment. Nevertheless, we almost never refused to accept a donation from whoever wished so, except for a few cases where people made a condition that they would give a donation if their problem would receive priority over others', or donations from non-Jews with ulterior motives that accompanied their wish to make a contribution."
"This is a lengthy subject, but doubtless, I regret to say that there are cases where economic considerations influence the quality of treatment given to patients in Israel. The cost of medications and expensive tests play a substantial part in choosing methods of treating a patient, pushing aside more relevant considerations. In addition, the economic factor interrupts many studies that without doubt could contribute to saving human lives."