Doctor shortage and chronic underfunding spark crisis in Israel’s public hospitals

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 09 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4298
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. 1Jerusalem

    Internal medicine departments in Israeli public hospitals have reached maximum capacity as a result of long term underfunding and a shortage of doctors, the Israel Medical Association has said. It warns that hospitals urgently need another 500 beds to cope with demand during the summer heat.

    The extra beds are needed so that patients can be moved from “inhumane conditions” in hospital corridors, said Leonid Eidelman, chairman of the association, which held an emergency meeting last week to demand government action, claiming that the health system is “living on borrowed time.”

    The health ministry’s director general, Ronni Gamzu, said that patients spend 70 000 hospital days a year in corridors, especially in …

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