LEONID EIDELMAN 370.
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO)
The collective agreement signed with the Israel Medical Association in August
2011 that offered bonuses to physicians willing to work in the periphery has
resulted in 708 doctors going to places outside the Center and encouraged young
doctors to study specialties with inadequate manpower, earning a total of NIS
162 million in extra pay, the IMA said on Sunday.
The government is ready
to allocate NIS 75m. for this every year, it added.
The deal created “a
dramatic change in medicine in the periphery” and brought more doctors to fields
that few wanted to study, IMA chairman Leonid Eidelman said.
The IMA and
the employers (the government, Clalit Health Services and others) reached an
understanding in the past few days that starting this year 2013, every hospital
will receive a cost framework for grants according to a formula, each according
to its own needs. Hospital managements must prepare the bonus program and hold a
discussion of it with the doctors’ committee.
The hospital will report
which specialties are short of physicians.
The 2011 agreement, which
brought to an end a long strike, included the stipulation that doctors who move
to the periphery or are willing to study a specialty with an inadequate number
of doctors would get NIS 300,000; if they both move to work in the periphery and
study a field with too few doctors, they would get NIS 500,000.
gave examples of the change resulting from the bonuses: At Western Galilee
Hospital in Nahariya, three new departments are opening because doctors are
available to run them.
And at Soroka University Medical Center in
Beersheba, which has hardly received new residents for years, there is a new
pediatric intensive care department with a waiting list of doctors who want to