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.

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Regional 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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Ministry of Health
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Jerusalem 9446724
Tel.: +972 2 5081333, +972 2 6408341
Fax: +972 2 6787662

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