Health Minister Yaakov Litzman at the annual assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva: condemns Palestinian representatives for mixing politics with the World Health Organization
- Minister Litzmann at the annual assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva:
"I am honored to participate in the annual assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva. However, the WHO is a professional organization and I am very disappointed that the Palestinian representative took advantage of this forum to promote political agenda against Israel. The WHO is not a political organization and therefore I choose to focus on the global perspective of health and with reference to the achievements of the health system in Israel.
The World Health Organization selected “Sustainable Development” as the leading theme for this year. "Sustainable Development" includes actions and policy formulation for a better future. This approach is of paramount importance to a better and healthier world. This is part of my vision as a minister in the Israeli government.” Litzmann noted that fighting poverty and inequality are key issue.
We have the obligation to reduce the gaps between the center and the economic and geographic periphery. We are committed to the disadvantaged population and determined to succeed in these challenges.
We see eye to eye with the UN and the World Health Organization concerning the goals of sustainable development.
Israel provides healthcare coverage for all residents of Israel, through HMOs. We assure a comprehensive equitable health services for all. These services, insured by the National Health Insurance Act, offer a high standard of medical care for everyone, regardless of religion, race and sex. Every year, we add new technologies and pharmaceuticals to the health services basket. "
Already in my previous term, I have led a reform to the inclusion of dental health services in the healthcare basket for children up to age 14. In the coming years, eligibility will continue to extend up the age of 18. We are taking a private service and transforming it into a public service available to every citizen.
This year, Mental Health became part of the services provided by the HMOs, ensuring continuity of care as part of a holistic health unification of mind and body under one roof.
In the near future, we intend to prepare for the population aging through a reform in nursing services. Care for the elder is a moral obligation with high social value.
Food regulation and encouraging healthy food intake are a pillar of health promotion. Recently, I initiated a food regulation program to promote foods with high nutritional value for all segments of the population.
I oppose junk food and the fast food industry opposes me, but I’m not afraid. The public appreciates my view and the actions that I and the government are taking in the area of health promotion. Health indices in Israel are high and it ranks 7th among OECD countries, with high life expectancy and low infant mortality rate. According to Bloomberg index , Israel is a leader in its efficiency, and the OECD has defined Israel as "one of the most admirable health systems in OECD countries".
We lead In Israel the advancement of e-health system. Technological innovations are a leading factor in the advancement of a quality and excellence system, as well as a means to close the health disparities by making services more accessible and more sophisticated.
I would like to make a recommendation to the developed countries who are sitting here today: take one percent of your space research budget and allocate these funds toward cancer research.
Our efforts towards sustainable development will create a healthier and more resilient society. We ask the United Nations community to join forces and join us in this common effort. "
Health Minister Yaakov Litzman in the annual assembly of the World Health Organization in Geneva