Addition of new drugs to health basket delayed

Months of arguments between the Finance, Health ministries are the cause for the setback.

By
January 13, 2008 23:42
2 minute read.
Addition of new drugs to health basket delayed

pills 88. (photo credit: )

 
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 analysis 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 experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • 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

Patients desperate for the addition of new lifesaving drugs to the 2008 basket of health services will have to wait at least until the middle of February before the public committee that recommends priorities prepares its list, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Thus tens of millions of shekels will go unspent, because the drugs will not be available for the full year. Patients who need medications that are not in the basket will have to purchase them on their own if they are able, or do without them until the new drugs are approved. The drugs, worth some NIS 450 million, should have been recommended by the committee and then approved by the Health Ministry and the cabinet early enough so they could reach patients at the start of January, but months of delay caused by arguments between the Finance and Health ministries over committee members and the amount of funds to be added resulted in its appointment only about two months ago. The committee will now meet twice weekly, once in Ramat Efal and the second time in Kibbutz Ma'aleh Hahamisha, outside Jerusalem, to accommodate those of the 16-member committee who live and work in the capital. Until now, they convened once a week at Ramat Efal. The meetings were for the first time opened to the press this year, but reporters are not allowed to quote or photograph any of the members. In previous years, the list of recommended drugs had not been ready on time, according to Health Minister Ya'acov Ben-Yizri's press adviser, Tal Harel. He said members of the committee, chaired by Prof. Menahem Fainaru, were appointed for one year only. "Maybe some will not want to do it again, so a committee is appointed every year," Harel said. But since the Treasury agreed to a NIS 450m. expansion of the basket through 2010, he said, "there is a possibility that the committee could begin to meet earlier this year, even during the summer, to make decisions for 2009." The Israel Medical Association has objected to the members appointed to the committee and whom they represent, claiming the committee now represents too narrow a scope of interests and is too financially motivated. The IMA has insisted that everything would be simplified if the government agreed to an automatic 2 percent growth in the basket every year. It is continuing to sponsor meetings of a self-appointed basket committee that has no real power but hopes to influence the Health Ministry-appointed committee.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia

By UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM

Cookie Settings