In the wake of a series of reports that revealed severe shortcomings in the privatization of the Health Service for the Schoolchild, in 2012 a process began of returning the service to the state. But recently, doubts have arisen concerning the completion of this process.
At the same time, the director-general of the Health Ministry has appointed a committee to examine the well-baby service, Tipat Halav. The Health Service for the Schoolchild and the services in Tipat Halav stations are the crucial basis for realizing the right to health, for promoting of the public’s health, and for reducing the gaps in health. Nevertheless, the two services suffer from severe employee shortages, outdated infrastructure, long waits for service, and a heavy work load on the nurses and doctors in the stations. All of these have a negative effect on the staff’s ability to provide basic preventive medical services beyond the administration of vaccinations.
At the roundtable we will examine the decision-making process regarding the privatization of the Health Service for the Schoolchild: Has damage been caused and can it be repaired by nationalizing it? Also, we will ask what services besides vaccinations should be provided as part of the Health Service for the Schoolchild and in the Tipat Halav stations? Who is responsible for the health of schoolchildren? Which services is a healthy citizen entitled to and why is health promotion (as opposed to the health basket provided by the health funds) not arranged? What does this situation mean? What are the processes that have taken place since the passage of the National Health Insurance Law (1995) and how have they affected the model of employment of nurses and doctors in these services? And how have they affected the growing inequality in health in Israel?