Chairman of the Medical Association warns: “There is a shortage of doctors”

“There is already a shortage of doctors today, and within ten years there will be another shortage.” This is how the chairman of the Medical Association, Prof. Holiday score The speech he gave yesterday at a conference of the Medical Doctor Preparatory School in front of an audience of those interested in studying medicine abroad. He said that within ten years there will be a decrease in medical manpower, which is due to the fact that many of the doctors who immigrated from the former Soviet Union reach retirement age. There were so few doctors, and we had to take a lot of shifts, and they saved the State of Israel.

Hagai added: “This indicates that the State of Israel is developing in luck 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 care system for the long term, and not suddenly remember that there is a shortage of MRI and CT. We have to look at it in terms of population aging as well. “

“Today we have close to 400,000 people over the age of 75. These people are bigger health consumers, three times the average. That means we need a lot more doctors and time to devote to this population. And when we calculate that, we really will have a big shortage. The shortage is Not only in Israel, but also globally, “he added.

Zion Hagai (Photo: Uri Shemesh)

MK Edith SilmanThe chairman of the coalition and the chairman of the Knesset’s health committee added: “We will soon enter 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. ”

Dr. 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. The goal is to give them a first-class clinical cushion, and to make sure that they return to Israel as doctors upon graduation. ”

Dr. Moshe Cohen, Founder and CEO of the Medical Doctor Preparatory School for Medical Studies Abroad, summed things 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 have shown that they have a desire to stay there and not return to Israel.

The State of Israel must compare the conditions for Israeli students studying abroad, assist them and ensure their return to Israel. The students studying abroad are the best in their classes and have a huge demand. Today, most of the graduates who return to Israel are at the forefront of the Israeli medical system, ”he stated.

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