Managing health and finance: Challenges, outcome, and control in the Israel Defense Forces

Ilan Hosiosky, Yossi Weiss, Racheli Magnezi

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Background: The Ministry of Defense budget constitutes 16% of the state budget. The budget for the Ministry of Health and for civilian health care is derived from the state budget. The health care funds receive their budgets from several sources. The capitation formula, which is determined by law, is the main factor that affects the size of the budget each fund receives. Objective: The objective of this study is to describe the manner of planning, managing, monitoring, and controlling the budget allocated to medical services, which is a public budget for soldiers. Methods: Several parameters are suggested for comparison, including the interface with the civilian health system, the method for budgeting a health care system, possible results of managing a medically centered budget, and the possibilities for monitoring the provided services. We also examine the potential for decentralization of authority. Conclusions: Managing the budget and locating appropriate alternatives, as well as the availability and accessibility of medical services, are important for procurement and for forming contracts with both military and civilian systems. Turnover based on updated information might serve to improve future health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1186-1189
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007


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