Kupat Holim Leumit, the smallest health fund, has become the first of the four to receive the status of having a "public corporation structure." The status came into effect Monday with the signature of Health Ministry director-general Dr. Ronni Gamzu and senior deputy accountant-general Yair Tal.
Leumit, which was until recently affiliated with the National Workers’ Organization, must transfer within 90 days a new constitution to the health and finance ministers that will include suitable new rules governing the health fund’s organs, authority and nominations. The stability arrangements are mean to encourage balanced budgets, the Health ministry said. Of the four insurers, Clalit most often had a deficit in years past.
Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman, who was present at the ceremony, congratulated Leumit and said he hoped the other three health funds would follow. Accountant-general Shuki Oren added that the new status would improve services and ensure the health fund’s financial status. No information was given on whether Leumit received any financial benefits from agreeing to the arrangement.