Rivlin meets hospital chiefs, urges government to intervene in budget crisis

President Reuven Rivlin meets with managers of private hospitals in light of their warning that they face collapse because of a lack of government support amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospital chiefs have said they have borne much of the patient load during the national crisis without receiving sufficient aid, and have complained of discrimination compared to government-run medical centers.

They have warned they may severely limit non-urgent work due to the funding crisis.

“I call from here to the Israeli government, those who head it and the ministers of finance and health: Intervene in this crisis now. The hospital heads need the budgetary issues resolved, allowing their teams to deal with the patients,” Rivlin says.

Hospital chiefs meet with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem, January 18, 2021 (Haim Zach/GPO)

He tells the hospital managers: “You are on the battlefield in the war on coronavirus… We need you… We cannot win this battle without you. We are relying on you.”

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