Demand for private care in Israel is too high, says senior health economist

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 10 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2285
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. 1Jerusalem

Increasing privatisation is changing Israel’s healthcare system “for the worse,” says a health economist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba.

The 1994 National Health Insurance Law, which created a generous universal basket of services for Israelis, was meant to promote equity among all socioeconomic levels in the population; and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which Israel joined less than three years ago, has declared its healthcare system to be one of the best among its member countries. But Dov Chernichovsky, whose …

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