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Contacting a Doctor On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Contacting a Doctor On Shabbat in Order to Find Out if There Is a Danger ๐Ÿคณ


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Question:

May one contact a doctor on Shabbat to see if there is a danger?


Answer:

One may call or even drive to a doctor to get medical advice if one is unsure whether one is in a life-threatening situation. This is even permitted if one is unsure if the doctor is available. [1] Similarly, one who is considered a choleh sheyesh bo sakanah (a person who is life-threatening sick) does not have to go to the closest doctor or hospital and one may instead travel to a hospital that is farther away if the doctor there is considered a better doctor and one will receive better treatment. However, one may not travel to a hospital farther away strictly because of financial considerations.[2]


Adapted From R' Yonatan Nacsons "Laws Of Shabbat" vol. 2, p. 293


Sources:

[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 248.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 249.

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