The State of Israel was established in 1948 and is a democratic state with a parliamentary, multi-party system. Israel has a national health insurance (NHI) system which provides universal coverage. The NHI system is financed primarily through taxation linked to income. The government distributes the NHI funds among four non-profit-making health plans. The Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for the health of the population and the effective functioning of the health care system.
Top storyRegional Director visits Israel to further strengthen collaboration
On 6–8 March 2017 Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, visited Israel for discussions on a wide range of important health topics. During her visit she met with a number of high-ranking officials, including Mr Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel; Rabbi Yakov Litzman, Minister of Health; Mr Moshe Bar Siman Tov, Director-General, Ministry of Health; Ms Einav Shimron, Deputy Director-General of Information and International Relations, Ministry of Health; Mr Zeev Elkin, Minister for Environmental Protection; and Mr Eli Alaluf, Chairman of the Health Committee of the Knesset, among others.
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