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Israel loses minister over health insurance

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:614
  1. J Siegel-Itzkovich

    The Israeli health minister, Haim Ramon, has resigned in protest at the ruling Labour party's withdrawal of support for his national health insurance bill. The prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who until recently was an enthusiastic supporter of the legislation, has disowned both the bill and Ramon, bowing under pressure from the Histadrut (the General Labour Federation). The prime minister is trying to conserve his political might so that he can successfully conclude negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation over autonomy.

    The bill, which would grant a universal “basket of health services” to the entire Israeli population of five million in exchange for a 4.8% tax on income, was the result of five years' work by health professionals and politicians. National health insurance …

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