Corruption scandal hits Israeli health service

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6642
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. 1Jerusalem

The release by Israel’s state comptroller of a 300 page report with allegations of corruption, nepotism, mismanagement, conflict of interest, and outright criminality by senior administrators of the country’s third largest public health fund has triggered a crisis in the health system.

The former Supreme Court justice Micha Lindenstrauss, whose office supervises the operations of the government and other bodies that receive public funds, sent his findings to the police and called for a state investigation of the Meuhedet Health Fund, which serves one million people. The fund consistently receives very high ratings of satisfaction in surveys of members.

Although the report focuses on Meuhedet, it has implications for the three …

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