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Economy and Society: August ‎‏4‏‎, 2012‎

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The cut in the Health Ministry budget for 2012 stood at NIS 18 million before the lately announced additional budget cuts, out of which  NIS 9.4 million, was to come from scaled-back development plans for hospitals. Health Ministry officials say that cutbacks in past years created a deficit of NIS 230 million in hospital development programs. Thus, Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam will not be renovated, although the rooftop is made of asbestos, the beds are rusty and the rooms are small and in bad condition.

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August 4th, 2012 at 11:07 am

‎ Closed Society: February 1‎‏6‏‎, 2012‎

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Public hospitals in Israel have an unofficial policy of separating Jewish women from Arab women in delivery rooms.

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February 16th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Economy and Society: November 24, 2011‎

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A new comparative report by the OECD found that Israel has one of the lowest places among OECD members in physical resources, infrastructure and expenditure on public helath. in 2009 Israel had 2 hospital beds per 1,000 people (as opposed to the OECD average of 3.5 per 1,000); the occupancy rate in Israeli hospitals is very high (96.3 percent as opposed to the OECD average of 76 percent); there are less than 32 hospital beds per 1000 people aged 65 or more, compared to the OECD average of 50 hospital beds per 1000 people aged 65 or more.

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November 24th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Economy: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that “there is severe occupancy hardship in public hospitals. Due to the increasing workload on medical stuff in internal wards, there is concern that the treatment given there may be negligent.” According to the report, the average occupancy in the internal wards in 2009 was about 99 percent, and sometimes even reached 150 percent.

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May 17th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Economy: May 17, 2011

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State Comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, states in his annual report that hospitals in the center of the country receive ten times more donations than those in the periphery. The report states that the donors are those who set the agenda on construction and manpower needs of the health system, since there is no master plan by the Ministry of Health. The report also states that the Friends of the Hospital bodies get permits to build in hospital areas without a tender, which is against the law. The fact that the donations are not pre-approved by the government is another violation of the law.

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May 17th, 2011 at 7:23 pm