Medical research in Israel a wake up call for the government before the next crisis

Researchers
Tsipy Buchnik, Rinat Klein, Dr. Daphne Getz
Cite As:
Buchnik Tsipy, Klein Rinat, Getz Daphne. Medical research in Israel a wake up call for the government before the next crisis Haifa Israel: Samuel Neaman Institute, 2020. https://www.neaman.org.il/EN/Medical-research-in-Israel-a-wake-up-call-for-the-government-before-the-next-crisis

An analysis of CBS and OECD data on government investments in medical R&D reveals a gloomy picture: only 0.5% of government R&D investments are in the health care sector; the past five years have seen a 20% decline in hospital research funding

compared to other OECD countries, Israel is ranked lower in R&D health investments. In addition to this data, we also found that in Israel there is a lack of health program management and transparency, as well as a lack of health policy and long-term planning, which harms Israel's ability to deal with future crises.

Policymakers must learn from such models as are employed in countries comparable to Israel - countries that lead in the health R&D field, such as Finland, Norway, and Ireland.

It is imperative to establish a clear and long-term strategy that includes various scenarios (including those such as the "Covid-19"), to encourage collaborations between ministries and sectors, to invest in medical research at a rate similar to that of comparable countries, to enable access to Israeli health databases, with the required regulation, and to act with full transparency.

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