Israel Health Minister

Health funding, farming reform, later retirement for women: Israel’s new budget

From banking reform to stipends for elderly, and from kashrut changes to Tel Aviv subway, here’s what you need to know about the budget, which needs Knesset approval by November 4.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz reportedly secured a NIS 2 billion ($619 million) increase in funding for health care. The Health Ministry budget will now stand at NIS 5 billion ($1.5 billion).

Horowitz’s office said the funds would be used in a number of areas, including NIS 400 million for the building and renovation of mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals, according to Channel 12 news.

An additional NIS 100 million will be injected into the state subsidies that pay for medicines and technologies that are provided to patients. It will now stand at NIS 600 million.

At least six new MRI machines will be placed in medical centers in Israel’s periphery, the Health Ministry said according to the outlet.

Meanwhile, the budget for public hospitals will also be increased to the tune of NIS 500 million, the network said.

The Times of Israel - Read the whole article here

Credit picture: Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz at the Abarbanel Mental Health Medical Center, Bat Yam, on June 22, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)

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