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Seventy-seven of 600 eligible new medications and medical
technologies were added to the public health basket on
Thursday. Most of the the 77 are for treatment of cancer, AIDS, and
various endocrinological issues.
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A member of the public committee
responsible for updating the basket expanded on some of the new medications that
will be available in 2012. "I want to point out a new treatment for
melanoma that will be available in the basket," he said in a press
The new year's new basket will include three additional medications against HIV.
The basket already included a number of new drugs for the treatment of
AIDS, including Prezista, Atripla, Isentress, Baraclude, Viread, Incivo,
and Victrelis. There was a 12 percent increase in new instances of the disease in 2011.
The NIS 14 million that had been allocated to prevention of the disease
as of 2009 had been cut dramatically to NIS 345,000.
public committee for updating the basket began meeting in late October
for preliminary discussions on of the 2012 basket. They worked with an
annual budget of NIS 6.5 billion. Since 2005, the budget had been raised
by NIS 350-450 million annually. The 2012 budget was raised by only NIS 300
million, making it impossible for the new basket to include most of the
MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) said of the additions Thursday, "the new medications
will ease and extend the lives of the patients and will result in
considerable savings for the health system."