Health basket budget set at NIS 550 m.

"I promised that every shekel that was invested in coronavirus would remain in the health system following the coronavirus," said the Health Minister.

Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein holds a press conference during a visit at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, on July 15, 2020. (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein holds a press conference during a visit at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, on July 15, 2020.
(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
The budget for Israel's health basket for 2021 will be NIS 550 m., Finance Minister Israel Katz and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced Tuesday night. This is NIS 50 million higher than last year's budget, Katz said in a tweet Tuesday. 
Israel’s health basket includes a range of subsidized medical services, drugs, equipment and devices for permanent residents of the State of Israel.
"Increasing the budget is very important,"  said Edelstein. "Despite the high budgets that have been invested in the Health System in the last few months, when I took up this position, I promised that every shekel that was invested in coronavirus would remain in the health system following the coronavirus."
"This is very important news for the Israeli public and the health system," said Katz. "It is our obligation to make a budget that favors the life-saving medicines and treatments that are needed by many citizens."
Some 900 drugs and technologies were presented to the committee for consideration in January, reaching a total sum of about NIS three billion.