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Israeli Mental Health Services Moving to HMOs

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

More than 25 years after legislators recommended the change in one of “those committees,” Israelis might actually be able to obtain timely local mental health care.

Responsibility for mental health services is being transferred from the Health Ministry to each of the four Health Maintenance Organizations (kupat holim services).

The decision was announced Monday by Deputy Health Minister MK Ya’acov Litzman, who had opposed the very same move the last time he served in the post. This time, he told reporters at a news conference held on the sidelines of a health conference at the Dead Sea, “the situation is not good and the alternatives are worse.”

In 1989, the State Commission to Improve the Health System headed by then-Justice Shoshana Netanyahu (Supreme Court) recommended the change.

The National Health Insurance (Bituach Leumi) Law of 1994 was intended to carry it out, adding both geriatric and psychiatric care to that year’s “basket” of health care services.

It didn’t happen, however, because the well was dry: there was only enough money for general medical care. Geriatrics and mental health were placed on the back burner.

With the change taking effect July 1, there will also be an annual budget of NIS 1.9 billion available to address mental health care. Patients will be asked to pay a 25 percent co-pay for specialist services, and if they prefer to see a private mental health professional, the cost will be NIS 130.

The four HMOs will offer mental health diagnostic services, psychiatric assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, crisis intervention, individual, family and group care, home visits and other needed care. Collateral family sessions will also be available to help family members learn how to deal with disturbed loved ones.

As usual, the Histadrut Labor Federation has announced a dispute over the action. Various groups in the mental health field are also expressing their concerns over the way the change is being carried out.

But Litzman said the move is absolutely necessary in order to improve the quality, accessibility and availability of mental health services in the nation.

Under the new structure, mental health therapy will be recognized as part of medical treatment and family practitioners – pediatricians for children – will make referrals for care to existing or new mental health clinics. Those in need of acute services will still be able to go directly to outpatient clinics and hospital or psychiatric emergency rooms when necessary, Litzman said.

Hana Levi Julian

Zoabi Sings Palestinian Authority Anthem at Hamas ‘Victory’ Rally

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Arab Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi and her Balad party colleague Jamal Zahalka belted out the Palestinian Authority national anthem at a “victory” rally in support of Hamas near Haifa on Friday.

The two legislators from the same party that bred the traitor and former MK Azmi Bishara, indicted for spying for Hezbollah before he fled the country, told the rally of approximately 2,000 people that they support the “resistance.” United Arab party MK Ibrahim Sarsur, another Fifth Column legislator, also was present.

Palestinian Authority flags were prominent, and a moment of silence was held for Gaza killed in the Operation Protective Edge counter-terror campaign.

The event at the Kabul Regional Council was organized by the Monitoring Committee of the Israeli Arab Leadership, which actively backs Hamas and promotes the idea of the Jewish State of Israel being “replaced with a bi-national state.”

The paper states that the Arab public is willing to see Israel as a ‘joint nation’ for two peoples, but does not recognize Israel’s Jewish character.

Zoabi never missing the opportunity to use Israeli media to show everyone how much she hates Israel, told Channel 2 television that the “resistance” will stop when there is no “occupation.”

She said she couldn’t care less about charges that her constant encouragement of violence is incitement because it is the “right of Palestinians” to fight against the “occupation,” the magic word that justifies anything and everything that can lead to the end of Israel as a Jewish state.

Yisrael Beitenu MK Alex Miller responded that he thinks that Zoabi should be placed in a mental institution, but why should she be allowed to drive crazy people even crazier when she can test the limits of Israel’s sanity?

The poor woman has complained of being persecuted mercilessly for her racism, but don’t forget that the end justifies the means when it comes to backing the “resistance,” one of those non-violent words for violence that Zoabi said she opposed.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein wants Zoabi indicted for her having called Israeli Arab police officers “traitors” and urging people to spit in their faces.

Zoabi and her two Balad party companions recently traveled to Qatar to visit Bishara, who received money for handing over information to Hezbollah while the terrorist organization was pounding northern Israel with missiles in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Zoabi lives in Nazareth. She is an Israeli citizen. She serves in the Israeli Knesset. God willing she also will serve time in an Israeli jail.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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