The following is a description of the activity of Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman to narrow gaps between the periphery and the center area in the health system:
- Opening of 14 emergency medical centers in the periphery. Including in the northern communities Ofakim, Shaked and Katzrin.
- Establishment of a radiotherapy center at an investment of 80 million NIS in the Ziv Hospital in Safed, and for the first time in years the residents of the north will no longer have to travel to Haifa.
- Motivate physicians to work in the periphery, including a full-timers program and transfer specialists to the periphery. Doubling the number of doctors with a budget of tens of millions of shekels a year.
- Opening MRI devices in the periphery in 6 hospitals in the north, 2 mobile devices. Additional 2 licenses were allocated and will be implemented soon.
- Special allocation of hospital beds and positions for the periphery. In the coming years, 300 beds will be added and a rehabilitation hospital will be opened in Poriah, with 100 beds and a budget of 150 million NIS.
- Assistance in the opening of a medical school in Safed in the amount of 3 million NIS in 2018 and NIS 7 million in 2019.
- Training Bedouin nurses for the residents of the south, more than 50 female students in the course, in addition to 62 in the first cycle that have already been trained. In addition to the certificate program for the Bedouin sector in 2015, 25 graduates were accepted and in 2016-30.
- Upgrading and developing hospitals in the periphery (Ziv, Nahariya, Barzilai, Poriya, HaEmek, Nazareth and Soroka) at an investment of approximately 1 billion NIS in recent years.
- A change in the formula for allocating resources to HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) funds for the benefit of the citizens of the periphery, as well as incentives for the HMO to invest in the periphery in the amount of 700 million NIS per year.
During the tenure of Minister Litzman, a special department was established in the Ministry of Health to reduce social gaps in the system (something that does not exist in any government ministry).
Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman: “Investment in the periphery for the promotion of health, especially in the north tops the agenda of the Ministry of Health. Every major decision examines medical needs on the periphery and on behalf of all citizens of Israel. Reducing the gap between the central area and the periphery of health services is a cornerstone of the Ministry of Health and we are working toward it in total commitment. "