Court asked to dismantle health basket committee

NGO claims government misused its authority in establishing the committee which, it says, is redundant.

August 4, 2008 21:43
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The High Court of Justice will on Wednesday hear a petition by the Dolev Foundation for Medical Justice to cancel the government decision, which over a decade ago established a public advisory committee to recommend which medical services should be added yearly to the range of health services available to the public. The non-profit organization claims that the government misused its authority in establishing the committee - which on Monday held its second session this year to recommend new services, including drugs and technologies, for the 2009 basket. The only authority that should be able to recommend new medical technologies, a foundation spokesperson said, is the National Health Council established by the 1994 National Health Insurance Law. This body is comprised of representatives of the Health and Finance ministries, the Israel Medical Association (IMA), patient groups and the country's four health funds - as well as social workers, nurses and other public servants. The public advisory committee is appointed by the health and finance ministers and is composed mostly of government bureaucrats, three of them from the Treasury. Patient groups and the IMA are not represented. "If our appeal is accepted," the spokesperson said, the public advisory committee will end its existence and the National Health Council - whose functioning has been paralyzed by the government - will resume its function as set down by the Knesset in the National Health Insurance Law." Meanwhile, advisory committee spokesman Avishai Zohar said it welcomes suggestions from the public, as it did last year. Requests for the adding of a specific drug to the list subsidized by the government can be sent to or to the Health Ministry's Committee to Expand the Health Basket at the ministry's headquarters, 2 Rehov Ben-Tabbai, Jerusalem.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town