Magen David Adom is providing full emergency medical services to all Israelis in Judea and Samaria, after the Israeli Health Ministry said it would work to secure the funding needed to cover the additional costs of MDA operating there.
“The Health Ministry has assured us that it will work toward a solution to this ongoing funding issue,” said MDA Director-General Eli Bin. “Our priority is always to provide the most comprehensive medical services possible to all Israelis — no matter where in Israel they live. Based on the ministry’s good-faith efforts to resolve this problem, we will continue to operate our services in Judea and Samaria at full capacity.”
Currently, without the funding, MDA is operating in Judea and Samaria at a huge deficit, largely as a result of the extreme distances between communities and some of their remote locations, requiring additional ambulances and increased mileage on vehicles. Because of the additional expenses, under a longstanding government agreement, MDA’s work there is partially subsidized — half by the Health Ministry and the other half through a special budget allocated by the Israeli government. However, despite that it was allocated this year, MDA never received the funds from the special budget, in excess of 8 million shekels.
“Because we’re confident that with the help of the Minister of Health, this situation will be resolved,” Bin said, “we’re operating in Judea and Samaria as we always have. Our commitment to the health of the Israeli people — all of its citizens — is our number-one priority.”