A time to heal

After more than 18 months, a recovery plan for Hadassah Medical Organization’s financial woes has finally been signed.

July 3, 2014 13:26
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Doctors protest

Doctors protest outside the emergency room in Ein Kerem during a February strike. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Last week ended with what seems at first glance to be a solid and encouraging solution to the Hadassah financial crisis, as the parties signed an agreement to stabilize the medical organization.

The iconic establishment, which has given Israel a reputation as a center of modern medical care and research, was on the verge of being lost under heavy deficits and lots of bad blood among the owners – the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), the management of the Hadassah University Medical Centers, and the various staff associations. Strikes, overnight sit-ins, demonstrations, and media campaigns from the various sides – including quite a lot of mudslinging – along with serious threats that this really could be the end of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO), seem to have reached a satisfactory ending that includes significant financial support from the state.


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