Basket of health services expanded

Thirty-five medications and medical technologies will be added Monday to the basket of health services following an announcement by Health Ministry director-general Prof. Avi Yisraeli. The government approved the allocation of NIS 310 million to expand the basket at a meeting at the beginning of May. Among the new drugs are Crestor and Ezetrol for high levels of blood cholesterol, Lumigan for glaucoma, Atacand for hypertension and coronary insufficiency, Xeloda as adjuvant therapy for patients with stage III colon cancer, Enbrel for rheumatoid arthritis and severe psoriasis, Lexiva for HIV carriers and Levemir and Lantus insulin. Patients whose medications have not been included in the basket demonstrated in Jerusalem to protest.