Falling through the cracks

04.12.2011                      08.Kislev. 5772

Gesundheitssystem:

Falling through the cracks

Voluntary organizations supply patients with advice on medications and cutting through red tape.

There are some health services not provided free by the Health Ministry, the health funds or companies that seem so obvious and beneficial to individuals and society, it seems incredible they were unavailable until a voluntary organization decided to provide them. Two such services are a drug information center and an information center to reduce red tape for patients and their families.
Eshel, the Joint Distribution Committee’s Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel, and the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem have since 2008 quietly provided this assistance at no cost to all comers, even though limited resources would make it difficult to meet demand if they were widely publicized and no additional funds were injected into the projects….