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Israeli government puts squeeze on public hospitals

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1463 (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1463
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovitch
  1. Medical Correspondent, Jerusalem Post.

    Israel's public hospitals, which have expanded steadily in recent years owing to increased demand from the local population and from hundreds of thousands of new immigrants are now being told to tighten their belts. The health ministry has said that it will set a 4-5% cap on the annual increase in money received from the public health funds (insurers). Each of the medical institutions will now have to negotiate a “global budget” with ministry officials instead of automatically receiving the standard daily rate for most inpatients and differential payments …

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