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Israelis spend NIS 7.2 billion every year in health taxes, but the Treasury
allocates only NIS 470 million for medical care and thus bears responsibility
for the current financial crisis in the health system, charged Eli Dapas,
director-general of Israel’s largest health fund, Clalit Health Services, on
Dapas called on the Treasury to allocate “at least NIS 3b.” to
address the shortfall in funds for health services, adding that the public
cannot be expected to continue bearing the burden of these costs. The income of
the four health funds has eroded by NIS 375m. over the past year due to rising
prices and lack of compensation from the government, he said.
the “only” one of the four public health funds in 2012 to mark an increase in
its members, Dapas added. An increase in population has led to an additional
deficit of NIS 380m.
Dapas said the wage contract reached between the
Treasury and the Israel Medical Association 19 months ago did improve the
situation somewhat, as more young doctors are willing to work in the periphery
in exchange for grants. In addition, hospital residents are doing less
late-night and weekend duty each month, which has also improved their situation.