The Finance and Health Ministries issued a public tender for the purchase of geriatric hospitalization services. The two said the tender sets down a mechanism of economic incentives to ensure the quality of service to the elderly.The tender was issued followed court deliberations on claims that the prices previously offered by the government were too low to provide adequately for the elderly. The tenders board consists of representatives from both ministries.The Health Ministry finances geriatric nursing for those eligible for state-subsidized care for those occupying beds in geriatric hospitals and old age homes. The geriatric institutions supply services in accordance with the ministry’s required professional standards, it said.The tender will be in effect for three years, with the option of a two-year extension. Annual expenditures for the services will total NIS 1.8 billion.The ministries said that the standard for treatment resulting from the new tender will require the expansion of manpower in geriatric wards and incentive for the institutions to raise the quality of services, as well as upgrading physical conditions on the wards.