Health basket panel head calls for doubling annual increase

Prof. Jonathan Halevy, chairman of the Health Basket Committee, on Tuesday called to double the annual increase to the budget of the basket.

Speaking at a Tel Aviv Pharma-Israel conference, Halevy, who is also director-general of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, said that doubling the annual increase from NIS 300 million – where it has been set by the Treasury for the past three years – to NIS 600 million can improve the healthcare situation “tremendously” by covering more of the cost of medical technologies provided to Israelis.

“I think that the dilemma we’ve had in recent years about [cancer] drugs that extend life for two or three months will also occur regarding drugs that enable patients to live six months to a year longer if the basket doesn’t grow [by more than just NIS 300 million]. But even if this does occur, important drugs will still remain outside the basket.”


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