Financially strapped Hadassah hospital gives former director 75,000 shekels a month pension

Shlomo Mor-Yosef is currently director-general of the National Insurance Institute.

New tower in Hadassah Hospital 370 (photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
New tower in Hadassah Hospital 370
(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
National Insurance Institute director-general Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef is receiving NIS 75,000 as a gross payment per month from the pension fund that works with Hadassah Medical Organization until he reaches retirement age in about four years.
The highly respected physician and administrator, who has worked at HMO for nearly 30 years, left the organization 15 months ago after serving as HMO’s director- general for a decade.
Such conditions upon leaving the organization prematurely have been available for senior employees over 58 who have worked for the organization for at least 25 years.
Previously, doctors were allowed to stay on the payroll until their retirement without being actively employed, but Mor-Yosef, who was not invited to continue for another term by the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America – which owns WHO – decided that he wanted to leave completely.
Some 50 or 60 senior HMO employees already receive pension payments under this arrangement; HMO had offered it to Mor-Yosef in 2010, before he planned to leave.
HMO has been in a serious financial crisis in recent years, and when the new director-general, Avigdor Kaplan, took over, the organization said it had a NIS 300 million running deficit and a more-than NIS 1b. long-term deficit.
Kaplan has reduced salaries, paid employees days late and ordered dismissals as part of a recovery program.
Mor-Yosef declined to comment on Thursday.