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Israel introduces national health insurance system

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:212

Nearly half the people polled on the day that a national health insurance system was introduced in Israel thought that health services would improve, although 35% thought that they would decline or had no opinion. Only about 5% of a population of five and a half million did not belong to one of the four public health funds when the scheme started on 1 January. But there was no freedom of choice among the insurers, and the largest fund, the Kupat Holim Clalit, was in financial difficulties. Owned by the Israel General Labour Federation for 70 years, …

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