High Court cancels free dentistry for children

The High Court of Justice decided unanimously on Thursday in an unprecedent judgement to cancel the government’s December 14, 2009 -- initiated by Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman -- to cut NIS 65 million from the expansion of the 2010 medical technologies’ budget to finance subsidized dental care for children up to the age of eight.

The case was initiated by the Dolev Fund for Medical Justice, the Israel Medical Association (IMA) and the Movement for Quality Government, which objected to the fact that the basket of health technologies was cut at the last moment to supply other needs.

The High Court concluded that the decision had not been taken in a legal manner.  The change required approval by the Knesset Health Committee.