Letters Priority setting in Israel

Trade-offs have to be made everywhere

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6827 (Published 30 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6827
  1. David Chinitz, associate professor1,
  2. Avi Israeli, professor and department chair1
  1. 1Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem 91120, Israel
  1. chinitz{at}cc.huji.ac.il

Under Israel’s National Health Insurance (NHI) system, the government budget includes additional funds for expanding the health services that citizens are entitled to. Demands for new technologies, deliberated on by a public committee, far exceed the budget available. Nonetheless, the committee makes the necessary difficult trade-offs, and its decisions have evolved …

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