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March 10, 1951

HEALTH INSURANCE IN ISRAEL

Author Affiliations

Medical Director, National Jewish Hospital, 3800 East Colfax Avenue, Denver 6.

JAMA. 1951;145(10):754-755. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920280066020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Having recently returned from Israel, where I was invited to make a study of the tuberculosis program, I would like to tell you of their health insurance program.The Kupat Holim (Workers' Sick Fund) is the health service of the General Federation of Labor (Histadrut) in the state of Israel. The founders of Kupat Holim, a handful of agricultural workers in Judah and Galilee, established their first dispensaries in 1912. Larger scale developments began in 1921, following the foundation of the General Federation of Labor and the growth of the labor community within the country. From its small beginning of isolated dispensaries, there is now a widely ramified network of institutions throughout the country, which serves about one-half of the population.The aim of the Sick Fund has been to provide an inclusive medical program. Briefly, the primary unit is the small medical aid station in the

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