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The final months of 2017 were tough on the health of the people in Zion. The winter – or more precisely the lack of winter – and the accompanying dryness made their mark on parents and children, who suffered together. The frequent flu, viruses and germs that never let up and were constantly on the attack wore everyone down. According to an article by Rotem Elizera published on Ynet, they caused an increase of 10% in the sick days taken by workers in comparison to 2016.Where do you go when you’re sick? To the clinic. According to law, every resident is entitled to health services, which are provided by the health funds. The National Insurance Institute transfers money to the health funds in line with regulations, in addition to payments for broader coverage, operations, treatments, etc. Therefore, all of the health funds endeavor to attract new members and to increase the cost of the coverage that each member pays for.