Ruth Waitzberg is a research associate at the MJB Smokler Center for Health Policy Research.
Ruth is Israel’s national representative to the World Health Organization’s European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Originally from Brazil, Ruth is proficient in several languages, which she puts to excellent use networking with other health policy professionals at the annual Observatory conferences, where she meets with colleagues to share her experience and gain new insights on pressing policy challenges in Israel. Ruth also provides regular updates to The Health Systems and Policy Monitor on Israel’s health reforms and policy changes, and she authors professional publications, such as Health Systems in Transition, a review that provides a detailed description of the country’s health system and of reform and policy initiatives in progress or under development.
Currently, Ruth is evaluating the impact of changes in the Ministry of Health’s compensation calculations for high-cost procedures performed in hospitals. These changes have directly affected the decision making of physicians. Based on her review, Ruth will assist Ministry professionals in fine-tuning the compensation guidelines based on patient characteristics.
Policy Efforts to Strengthen Public Hospitals in Israel
Private funding of health services in Israel has negative consequences for the public system, including hospitals. This article describes policy measures that the government is promoting to minimize these effects. [full report]
Why and how did Israel adopt activity-based hospital payment? The Procedure-Related Group incremental reform
Since 2002, Israel has been adopting "Procedure-Related Group" (PRG) as hospital payments. It also set consistent costing and pricing mechanisms. One objective was to improve regulators’ capacity to set policy, supervise and control. Regulators, purchasers and providers were involved in the designing the reform. PRGs are a simple alternative to DRGs when no sufficient data is available. [full report]
Low-Budget Policy Tool to Empower Israeli Insureds to Demand their Rights in the Healthcare System
Private Long-Term Care Insurance in Israel
The current study examines the private LTCI market in Israel and analyzes the factors affecting ownership of LTCI policies. [full report]
Public Opinion on the Level of Service and Performance of the Health-Care System in 2007 and in Comparison with Previous Years
This is the seventh in the series of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute biennial survey of the level and performance of health-care services from the perspective of service consumers. This report presents an in-depth analysis of the findings, comparing health plans as well as different population groups. [full report]
Mental Distress and Patterns of Getting Help Prior to the Transfer of Responsibility for Mental Health to the Health Plans: A Service Consumers’ Perspective
In light of the planned reform of mental-health services, including transferring service provision to the health plans, the Institute added a section on mental health to its periodic survey of the public opinion on health-care services. [full report]