(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Health Ministry deputy director-general Dr. Yoel Lipschitz, who is responsible
for supervising the health funds and supplementary health insurance, suddenly
announced on Monday that he was resigning and was eager to proceed to a new
phase of his career.
“Six years is enough,” Lipschitz – an attorney in
his early 40s – said.
No replacement has been named, but he will remain
for around three months until someone is appointed in his place.
his biggest achievements was forcing major reforms on the third-largest health
fund, Kupat Holim Meuhedet, which was accused by the State Comptroller’s Office
of massive corruption and mismanagement.
The whole top management has
changed since then, and the health fund is being rehabilitated. Lipschitz has
also been involved in significant pieces of legislation related to the health
Lipschitz increased the health funds’ transparency and
responsibility to the public. He was also a member of the public committee for
recommending the expansion of the basket of medical technologies.
lawyer said he has not decided what he would do next, but it could well involve
the health system.
Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman and
director-general Prof. Ronni Gamzu thanked Lipschitz for his “significant
contribution to public medicine and strengthening regulation in the health
On Sunday, Lipschitz – whose actions have often sent a shiver
down the spines of the organizations he supervises – dispatched a strong letter
of protest to the Finance Ministry’s supervisor of private insurance against
companies that have been advertising special cancer policies.
He said the
more-blatant marketing campaigns in the media have presented a “frightening
message” that “cancer chooses one out of three Israelis” and that those who pay
a premium will get extra-special care from a personal guide through the hospital
Lipschitz maintained that there was “no advantage” to such
policies, as all lifesaving drugs and treatments against cancer were already in
the public basket of medical technologies, and they are already provided in
One of the public health funds, in its supplementary
health insurance plans, already appoints patients a personal coordinator and
guide for cancer treatment, he said.