Senior Research Scholar (Health Team)
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.
Public Opinion on the Level of Service and Performance of the Healthcare System in 2014 and Comparison with 2012
Since the National Health Insurance Law came into effect in 1995, MJB has conducted a series of biennial surveys to monitor public opinion about the level of services and the performance of the health system. The project was launched at the request of the Ministry of Health and is accompanied by a steering committee that […]
Low-Budget Policy Tool to Empower Israeli Insureds to Demand their Rights in the Healthcare System
Since 1995 universal healthcare coverage has been provided in Israel through National Health Insurance (NHI). Although the country has lower rates of health spending than most OECD countries, the NHI Law stipulates that a broad benefits package will be provided by four competing Health Plans (HPs). These third-party payers manage healthcare utilization and cost through […]
Public Opinion on the Level of Service and Performance of the Healthcare System in 2009 and in Comparison with Previous Years
The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute conducts a biennial survey of the level and performance of health-care services from the perspective of service consumers. This study provides ongoing information to assist health-plan managers and policymakers in following up on key performance measures for health services.
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.
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.
Supplemental Insurance Plans Offered by the Health Plans – Analysis and Comparison of Baskets of Services in 2006
The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute was asked by the Knesset Research and Information Center to examine the supplemental insurance plans offered by the health plans in Israel in 2006 and the changes that have been made to them over the course of time.
Public Opinion on the Level of Service and Performance of the Health Care System Ten Years after the Introduction of National Health Insurance
Since the implementation of the National Health Insurance law, the Institute has studied the performance of the health care system from the consumers' point of view. The report presents the findings of the 2005 survey.
Waitzberg, R., Davidovitch, N., Leibner, G., Penn, N., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2020). Israel’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: tailoring measures for vulnerable cultural minority populations. International Journal for Equity in Health, 19(1), 1-5. doi.org/10.1186/s12939-020-01191-7
Brammli-Greenberg, S., Glazer, J., & Waitzberg, R. (2019). Modest risk-sharing significantly reduces health plans’ incentives for service distortion. The European Journal of Health Economics, 1-16. doi.org/10.1007/s10198-019-01102-w
Waitzberg, R., Quentin, W., Daniels, E., Perman, V., Brammli-Greenberg, S., Busse, R., & Greenberg, D. (2019). The 2010 expansion of activity-based hospital payment in israel: An evaluation of effects at the ward level. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), 292. doi.org/10.1186/s12913-019-4083-4
Brammli-Greenberg, S., Glazer, J., & Shapiro, E. (2018). The inverse U-shaped Religion–Health connection among Israeli Jews. Journal of Religion and Health, 57(2), 738-750.
Gil, Z., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2018). An algorithm for improving hospital performance measures: A department-centered approach. Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal, 9(4), e0028. doi:10.5041/RMMJ.10352
Haimi, M., Brammli-Greenberg, S., Waisman, Y., & Baron-Epel, O. (2018). Physicians’ experiences, attitudes and challenges in a pediatric telemedicine service. Pediatric Research, 84(5), 650-656.
Brammli-Greenberg, S., Waitzberg, R., Perman, V., & Gamzu, R. (2016). Why and how did Israel adopt activity-based hospital payment? The procedure-related group incremental reform. Health Policy 120(10), 1171-1176. doi:S0168-8510(16)30213-5
Brammli-Greenberg, S., Waitzberg, R., Medina-Artom, T., & Adijes-Toren, A. (2014). Low-budget policy tool to empower Israeli insureds to demand their rights in the healthcare system. Health Policy, 118(3), 279-284.
Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., Rabinowitz, J., Gordon, B., & Afek, A. (2011). Disparities in obesity temporal trends of Israeli adolescents by ethnic origin. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6(sup3), 154.
Rosen, B., Brammli-Greenberg, S., Gross, R., & Feldman, R. (2011). When co-payments for physician visits can affect supply as well as demand: Findings from a natural experiment in Israel’s national health insurance system. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 26(2), e37. doi:10.1002/hpm.1039
Zwanziger, J., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2011). Strong government influence over the Israeli health care system has led to low rates of spending growth. Health Affairs, 30(9), 1779-1785.
Bin-Nun, G., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2009). Economic aspects of the insurance reform in mental health. Psychiatry, 12, 14-19.
Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., Gordon, B., Rabinowitz, J., & Afek, A. (2009). Population-based trends in male adolescent obesity in Israel 1967–2003. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(2), 195-198.
Rosen, B., Nirel, N., Gross, R., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2009). The Israeli mental health insurance reform: A framework for a systematic and coordinated evaluation effort. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 12, S37.
Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Rosen Bruce. (2007). Co-payments: The implications for service accessibility and equity. Law and Business, 6, 197-224.
Gross, R., Tabenkin, H., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2007). Factors affecting primary care physicians’ perceptions of health system reform in Israel: Professional autonomy versus organizational affiliation. Social Science and Medicine, 64(7), 1450-1462. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.11.012
Gross, R., Tabenkin, H., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Benbassat, J. (2007). The association between inquiry about emotional distress and women’s satisfaction with their family physician: Findings from a national survey. Women and Health, 45(1), 51-67. doi:10.1300/J013v45n01_04
Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., Tabenkin, H., & Benbassat, J. (2007). Primary care physicians’ discussion of emotional distress and patient satisfaction. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 37(3), 331-345.
Gross, R., Tabenkin, H., Schoen, C., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Simantov, E. (2006). Health counseling for women in the absence of financial barriers: Comparing reported counseling rates of women in the United States and Israel. Women & Health, 43(1), 1-18.
Gross, R., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2004). Evaluating the effect of regulatory prohibitions against risk selection by health status on supplemental insurance ownership in Israel. Social Science & Medicine, 58(9), 1609-1622.
Bentur, N., Gross, R., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2004). Satisfaction with and access to community care of the chronically ill in Israel’s health system. Health Policy, 67(2), 129-136.
Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Bentur, N. (2003). Women caring for disabled parents and other relatives: Implications for social workers in the health services. Social Work in Health Care, 37(4), 19-37. doi:10.1300/J010v37n04_02
Schoen, C., Simantov, E., Gross, R., Brammli, S., & Leiman, J. (2003). Disparities in women’s health and health care experiences in the United States and Israel: Findings from 1998 national women’s health surveys. Women & Health, 37(1), 49-70.
Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Remennick, L. (2001). Self-rated health status and health care utilization among immigrant and non-immigrant Israeli Jewish women. Women & Health, 34(3), 53-69.
Gross, R., Tabenkin, H., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2001). Gatekeeping: A challenge in the management of primary care physicians. Journal of Management in Medicine, 15(4), 283-302.
Tabenkin, H., Gross, R., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Steinmetz, D. (2001). Primary care physicians in Israel: Self-perception of their role in the healthcare system and policy makers’ and patients’ perception of them as gatekeepers. The Israel Medical Association Journal, 3(12), 893-897.
Gross, R., Tabenkin, H., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2000). What do primary care physicians think of Israel’s health policy reform? Harefuah, 139(1-2), 1-8.
Gross, R., Tabenkin, H., & Brammli-Greenberg, S. (2000). Who needs a gatekeeper? Patients’ views of the role of the primary care physician. Family Practice, 17(3), 222-229.
Gross, R., Tabenkin, H., Brammli-Greenberg, S., & Schwartzman, P. (1998). Patients’ opinions of the role of the primary care physician: Implications for the organization of health services. Harefuah, 134(2), 81-88.
Tabenkin, H., Gross, R., Brammli, S., & Shvartzman, P. (1998). Patients’ views of direct access to specialists: An Israeli experience. The Israel Medical Association, 279(24), 1943-1948.
Bramli-Greenberg, S., & Waitzberg, R. (2020). Integrating public and private insurance in the Israeli health system: an attempt to reconcile conflicting values. In S. Thomson, A. Sagan, & E. Mossialos (Eds.), Private Health Insurance: History, Politics and Performance, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, (pp. 264-303). Cambridge University Press. doi.org/10.1017/9781139026468
Brammli-Greenberg, S., Glazer, J., & Shmueli, A. (2018). Regulated competition and health plan payment under the national health insurance law in Israel—The unfinished story. In T. McGuire, & R. V. Kleef (Eds.), Risk adjustment, risk sharing and premium regulation in health insurance markets (pp. 365-395). Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing.
Brammli-Greenberg, S., Waitzberg, R., Perman, V., & Gamzu, R. (2016). How Israel reimburses hospitals based on activity: The procedure-related group (PRG) incremental reform. In OECD (Ed.), Better ways to pay for health care. Paris: OECD Publishing.