National Insurance Institute director-general Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef is
receiving NIS 75,000 as a gross payment per month from the pension fund that
works with Hadassah Medical Organization until he reaches retirement age in
about four years.
The highly respected physician and administrator, who
has worked at HMO for nearly 30 years, left the organization 15 months ago after
serving as HMO’s director- general for a decade.
Such conditions upon
leaving the organization prematurely have been available for senior employees
over 58 who have worked for the organization for at least 25
Previously, doctors were allowed to stay on the payroll until
their retirement without being actively employed, but Mor-Yosef, who was not
invited to continue for another term by the Hadassah Women’s Zionist
Organization of America – which owns WHO – decided that he wanted to leave
Some 50 or 60 senior HMO employees already receive pension
payments under this arrangement; HMO had offered it to Mor-Yosef in 2010, before
he planned to leave.
HMO has been in a serious financial crisis in recent
years, and when the new director-general, Avigdor Kaplan, took over, the
organization said it had a NIS 300 million running deficit and a more-than NIS
1b. long-term deficit.
Kaplan has reduced salaries, paid employees days
late and ordered dismissals as part of a recovery program.
declined to comment on Thursday.