The Bank of Israel report on Wednesday elicited angry reactions from health-care and civil-rights organizations and politicians.
“The Bank of Israel compliments us, and the government cuts,” Maccabi Health Services director-general Ran Sa’ar said. “This is an erroneous policy that costs patients their health and in the end costs the state a great deal of money.”
The central bank’s report “shows how important and central community medicine is,” he said. “The health funds provide one of the highest levels of community clinic care in the world.