Who will heal the hospitals?

BySHLOMO MAITAL
March 5, 2014 16:56

The crisis at Hadassah, the country’s leading medical center, is only symptomatic of the deep malaise affecting Israel’s medical system.




Hadassah strikes

Nurses, administrative and maintenance workers at Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, stage a walk-out February 16, in protest at not receiving their full wages for January. (photo credit:YONATHAN SINDEL / FLASH 90)

ALMOST OUT of the blue, the people of Israel woke up one January morning to learn that their premier research and teaching hospital, Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center, was drowning in red ink, broke and deep in debt.

Its cumulative deficit came to a staggering 1.3 billion shekels ($370 million), four times its size in 2004. Its 2013 deficit was NIS 300 million ($85.7 million), up from NIS 98 million in 2004, and projected to rise to NIS 400 million ($114.3 million) in 2014.

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