Knesset panel seeks to expand use of MRI scans

When Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman took office, he committed himself to make MRI scans more accessible around the country.

By
November 9, 2015 22:58
health

MRI machine [illustrative]. (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Agreement has been reached between Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman on regulations to make it easier to undergo magnetic resonance instrument (MRI) scans instead of the long queues that have existed until recently, especially in the periphery.

When Litzman took office, he committed himself to make MRI scans, which diagnose many conditions, more accessible around the country. Hospitals that lacked the scanners were given state funds to buy them, so that it would become unnecessary to travel long distances to undergo scans.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee approved the guidelines on Monday. By the end of the reform, a total of 46 multi-million-dollar scanners will be functioning within two years. In addition, intensive efforts will be made to train professionals for using the machines in hospitals and even community health facilities.

Litzman praised the advances made in installing and activating more MRIs, adding that in the months since he started working on the problem, queues have already been reduced significantly.

Kahlon added that the committee’s approval will ease the suffering of patients, and that the government intends to do this in other fields of life.

Related Content

A neurosurgeon looks through an eyepiece on the KINEVO 900 microscope at Hadassah Ein Kerem
July 11, 2018
Hadassah Ein Kerem to use world’s most advanced microscope

By OREN OPPENHEIM