The Public Network for the Advancement of Health Equity
, of which PHR-I is a member, calls upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to establish an inter-ministerial body under the auspices of the Ministry of Health (to include Ministries of Health, Finance, Welfare, Education, Industry, Trade and Labor, Environment, Transportation, and others). This inter-ministerial body should create a long-term program for narrowing Israel’s gaps in health. The plan must set specific quantitative goals, to achieve results rather than headlines.
In a press conference held July 5th 2011 by the Public Network for the Advancement of Health Equity
– physicians, health policy experts, and civil society activists called upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to take responsibility for narrowing gaps in health, which constitute a severe infringement of human rights and must be under the responsibility of the government. The speakers gave examples from their daily work, for how social, geographical, and ethnic factors influence an individual’s health and access to healthcare. Public Network for the Advancement of Health Equity
also presented two position papers intended to better health care and to close existing gaps in health in Israel.
The first position paper, titled “10 Principles for Health Equality
,” lists 10 principles for promoting equal health for all Israeli residents. Among these principles are recognizing gaps in health as a national problem, establishing an inter-ministerial body to address this issue, and preparing a plan that will be transparent to the public, have a sufficient budget, and use systematic collection of data for monitoring purposes.
The second position paper presented in yesterday’s press conference, titled “The Social determinants of Health
,” explains how growing socio-economic and political inequality serves to exacerbate disparities in health. Since Israel joined the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in May 2010, the comparison to other OECD members provides a new set of criteria and benchmarks for looking at social gaps in Israel. Some examples of social gaps in Israel compared to other OECD countries: