Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday said that the healthcare system should be excluded from the package of budget cuts approved by the cabinet on Monday.
Speaking at the Israeli Medical Conference, Rivlin said that "the government is acting correctly by demonstrating economic responsibility and attempting to plug up the hole in the budget created by urgent national projects. But a cut to health is a cut to security."
Rivlin referred to the healthcare system as "the last line of defense which cannot be allowed to be broken."
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