Lapid looking sharp 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The NIS 12.5 billion “surplus” in taxes and royalties collected by the
government should be spent as a much needed investment in the public health
system before it collapses, said Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Leonid
The physician sent his demands over the weekend to Finance
Minister Yair Lapid, saying that there are deficits in the public hospitals, the
health funds and all other institutions in the medical system, causing them all
to be at risk of financial collapse.
“There isn’t a single public
hospital in the country that isn’t forced to struggle daily with financial
problems that affect the level of treatment,” he told Lapid. “Patients wait in
queues for unbearable amounts of time. Tests and operations are canceled or
unavailable to many patients. Hospitals are forced to reduce their supply of
necessary equipment and drugs to patients.”
Eidelman said that the
shortages have plagued the health system for years.
“But the situation is
getting worse and worse. The health funds are bogged down with budget deficits
that don’t allow them to provide the best care,” Eidelman said.
a shortage of hospital beds the like of which does not exist anywhere in the
There is also a terrible shortage of doctors and nurses
that has created heavy and inhuman burdens on medical staffers who do holy work
day and night.”
Eidelman said that the winter is approaching, posing even
more risks to the health system because of flu complications and overcrowding in
“If the system has difficulty coping with this, how will
it be able to manage with a major security catastrophe that could happen any
day?” he asked.
Public health expenditures, only 7.7 percent of the gross
domestic product, is among the lowest in the developed world. In Europe, it is
10%, while in the US, it has reached more than twice Israel’s rate – 16%, said
“We doctors of Israel call on the government to change its
It must allocate the necessary resources that it has in the
Treasury to urgent investment in the public health system,” he
Asked to comment, Pnina Shalev, the personal spokeswoman and
adviser of Health Minister Yael German said that “she prefers to do and not to