Finance, Health ministries agree to establish new hospital in Beersheba

Renee Ghert-Zand is the health reporter and a feature writer for The Times of Israel.

The Finance Ministry and Health Ministry reach an agreement to establish a new hospital in Beersheba, with the government announcing today that it authorizes the plan.

The hospital, expected to be ready to open by 2028, will be a joint project of the Meuhedet and Leumit health maintenance organizations and Sheba Medical Center. The HMOs will own the hospital, while Sheba will run it.

According to the Health Ministry, this marks the first time that a hospital will be owned jointly by two HMOs.

The new hospital is expected to have approximately 600 beds and offer a wide range of medical services to the population in the country’s southern region.

“The creation of a new hospital in the Negev is a major milestone in realizing the vision of lessening the gap between the periphery and the center of the country, and in the provision of advanced and professional health services to every citizen, regardless of where they live,” Health Minister Uriel Buso said.

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