Leonid Eidelman 311.
(photo credit: JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH)
Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman called on Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, who is also the health minister, to allocate more funds for
fortifying Israeli hospitals at risk from enemy missiles and rockets.
a letter he sent on Thursday, Eidelman stated that in light of the possible
threats to Israel, an expansion of budgets as well as significant investment in
the bolstering of hospital infrastructure are urgently needed.
long time, the health system has been under-budgeted. It cries out for investment
that you have so far avoided making. The continued shortage in resources,” wrote
Eidelman, “including hospital beds, medical manpower and physical infrastructure
brings us closer to harming patients.”
Eidelman noted that public
expenditure for healthcare as a percentage of the gross domestic product is
among the lowest in the OECD countries, and it has not changed in more than a
“Huge advances in science and technology demand more resources
and have completely changed the way patients are treated today,” he
Hospitals must be fortified against attacks, concluded Eidelman, a
“I again call on you to allocate necessary funds
for health to prevent the next catastrophe,” he wrote.
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