It was a dubious honor. The Health Ministry was the single most mentioned of all government offices in the latest State Comptroller’s Report. Over two-thirds of the report was devoted solely to this ministry’s many shortcomings. As The Jerusalem Post’s health and science editor Judy Siegel pointed out, never before in recent memory has a State Comptroller’s Report devoted so many pages of criticism to the Health Ministry.

Though it is difficult to generalize, many of the faults the state comptroller raised seem to have stemmed from the inherent conflict of interests in a ministry that runs state hospitals and clinics while at the same time being responsible for licensing and supervising both public and private healthcare. This conflict of interests creates untenable situations in which the ministry is tempted to work in direct contradiction to citizens’ express medical needs.

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