Health and Zionism: The Israeli Health Care System, 1948-1960 - Rochester Studies in Medical History v. 13 (Hardback)Shifra Shvarts (author)
Hardback 364 Pages / Published: 16/10/2008
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In this follow-up to her 2002 book, The Workers' Health Fund in Eretz, Israel: Kupat Holim, 1911-1937, historian Shifra Shvarts investigates the political and social forces that influenced Israel's health care system and policy during the early years of state building. Among the struggles Shvarts explores in this penetrating study are the debate over immigration health policy and the Law of Return, enacted in 1950; the battles over universal health care between the Workers' Health Fund and the Israeli government led by prime minister Ben Gurion; the urgent organization of military medical services during wartime; and the contested establishment of renown civilian medical facilities. These early conflicts have had far-reaching implications that continue to be felt throughout Israeli society. While many European countries successfully established unified, state-run health care systems, Israel's political rivalries and social turbulence gave rise to a melange of "sick funds," large and small, public and private, that influence and complicate the delivery of health care to this day. Health and Zionism: The Israeli Health Care System, 1948-1960, sheds light on the major conflicts, leaders, and historic events that shaped the current Israeli health care system, and has relevance to developing health care systems worldwide. Shifra Shvarts is Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University, Israel, and is author of The Workers' Health Fund in Eretz Israel Kupat Holim, 1911-1937 (University of Rochester Press, 2002).
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
Health and Zionism is a detailed, definitive history of the Israeli health care system during the early years of the state. Building on her prior book, The Workers' Health Fund in Eretz Israel: Kupat Holim, 1911-1937, Shifra Shvarts extends the story from 1948 to 1960, the formative period for Israel's medical system, known worldwide for comprehensive, quality care built on a heritage of being stretched beyond conceivable limits by mass immigration. The narrative reflects a struggle between centralized government control of medical care, and a pluralistic, diversified system open to all, with advanced hospital care and world-class biomedical research. A fascinating account of landmark developments. --Russell A. Stone, Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Israel Studies, American University, Washington D.C. This perceptive analysis of the evolution of Israel's healthcare system provides fascinating insights based on an exhaustive analysis of a wide variety of hitherto unavailable documents and conversations. --Shimon Glick, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine, Ben Gurion University An important contribution to future research. JOURNAL OF ISRAELI HISTORY
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