30.05.2012 09.Siwan. 5772
Knesset c’tee holds session on Treasury’s failure to add even one public hospital bed despite cabinet promise of 1,000.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz signed an agreement on Tuesday with Assuta Medical Centers Ltd. handing over 7 hectares (17.3 acres) of free land in the eastern part of Ashdod, for a private subsidiary of Maccabi Health Fund to build and run the first hospital to be built in Israel in three decades.
The construction, which has been held up for years and was mired in lawsuits, is due to end in five years, with two-thirds of the money – some NIS 500 million – to come from the Treasury and the rest to be covered by Assuta. The subsidiary, which promises that the 300- bed medical center will be among the most advanced in the country, will have the right to provide private medical services there to the tune of one quarter of its income….