The members of a new public committee for
recommending the expansion for 2010 of the basket of health services
supplied by the health funds was announced by Deputy Health Minister
Ya'acov Litzman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz on Tuesday night.
The committee will be chaired by Rambam Medical Center director-general
Prof. Rafi Beyar, a leading interventional cardiologist.
committee, which includes many new members who did not serve in the
previous committee of volunteers (which was appointed by former health
minister Ya'acov Ben-Yizri) will make their recommendations by the end
of December. The committee, whose size has been reduced somewhat to
increase efficiency, will have some NIS 430 million worth of drugs and
other medical technologies to prioritize and recommend from among more
than NIS 1 billion worth that have been presented by their
manufacturers and importers for inclusion.
Dr. Osnat Luxenburg, the head of the Health Ministry's medical technologies branch, will coordinate the committee's work.
The members are Prof. Ehud Grossman, Prof. Danny Stessman, Dr.
Ze'ev Aharonson, Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, Iris Ginzburg, Prof. Daniel
Vardi, Dr. Bracha Zisser, Prof. Elliot Berry, Dr. Roni Gamzu, Prof.
Haim Bitterman, Yoel Lipschitz, Prof. Moshe Mittelman, Nurit Dabush,
Prof. Avi Porat, Ilan Sofer and Rabbi Moshe Haim Lau. The health system
ombudswoman, Etti Semama, is the committee's adviser.
Litzman said he decided to announce the names just
before the intensive committee sessions begin to reduce pressure on the
members by drug and technology companies that want their products added
to the basket. He added that he was sure the committee would take into
account all the medical, ethical and social considerations involved in
choosing which additions will be made to the basket and provided to
patients at minimal cost.