Chairman of the Medical Association warns: “In a decade there will be a great shortage of doctors”

“Even today there is a shortage of doctors and within ten years there will be another shortage of doctors,” said the chairman of the Medical Association, Prof. Holiday score His speech this morning (Friday) at a conference of the Medical Doctor Preparatory School for those interested in studying medicine abroad. According to him, within ten years there will be a decrease in medical manpower due to the fact that many of the doctors who immigrated from the Soviet Union, reach retirement age. “There were so few doctors and we had to do a lot of shifts and they saved the State of Israel.”

He added: “This indicates that the State of Israel is developing fortunately and not in planning, and now there are no doctors and we beg you to go and study medicine. We need to plan the health system for the long term and not suddenly remember that there is a shortage of MRI and CT in Israel. Look at it also in terms of population aging.The founding generation reaches the age of 75 and over and today we have close to 400,000 people over the age of 75. These people are larger health consumers. Three times the average. This means we need much more doctors and time to devote to this population “And when we really calculate that, we will have a great shortage. The shortage is not only in Israel but also worldwide.”

ח״כ Edith SilmanThe chairman of the coalition, the Knesset Health Committee, added: “We are indeed entering a period of shortage of doctors and in fact we are already there. There are specialties where the duration of treatment and response is very long and this we as legislators need to resolve. We want to be a home for you to return to. We will create hope for you because in the end you also create hope for us. We need you back here. We see in you the future and the vision of the State of Israel. “

MK Idit Silman (Photo: Uri Shemesh)
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ד״ר Orly Weinstein, Vice President and Head of Clalit Health Services’ hospitals division, said: “The health system in Israel needs doctors with a high level of professionalism more than ever. These days we are working on a move that will greatly affect the future of Israeli medicine and the training of Israeli medical students who study in the leading schools in Europe with the goal of giving them a first-class clinical cushion and making sure they return to Israel as doctors upon graduation. This is a move of great importance to Clalit but also to the entire country. Clalit’s 14 hospitals, which constitute one third of the hospitalization system in Israel and stand out for their excellent medical level, are mobilizing for an upgrade in the quality and safety of treatment and are staffed by the best staff in the country. ”

ד״ר Moshe Cohen, Founder and CEO of the Medical Doctor Preparatory School for Medical Studies Abroad, summed it up and said that he identifies a dangerous trend in the field of medicine in Israel. According to him, surveys conducted among Israeli students studying abroad, showed that among them there is a desire to stay there and not return to Israel. “The State of Israel must compare the conditions for Israeli students studying abroad, help them and ensure their society in Israel. The students studying abroad are the best in their classes and have a huge demand. Today, most graduates returning to Israel are at the forefront of the Israeli medical system.” fix.

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