Former Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor
While the West Bank has the benefit of an educated, sufficiently staffed health workforce, its population suffers from the many conditions that accompany poverty, age, stress, and conflict.
The health sector’s commitment to providing care for all citizens—including those who need complex care for cancer or heart disease—has led to a drastic increase in referrals from primary care providers to specialists. Over the past 13 years, the number has jumped from 8,000 per year to 62,000. And almost half are directed to service providers outside the West Bank, mostly in Israel.
Not only are these referrals expensive—the cost of referrals to Israeli hospitals doubled in the last year—but they also raise significant hurdles for clients who must secure approvals and permits to access the health care services they need.
IntraHealth partners with the Palestinian Ministry of Health to better control the costly referrals of clients to specialists outside the Palestinian health sector. We also work together to ensure that members of the West Bank’s health workforce have the training and information they need to meet the population’s diverse needs.
|Dates:||2013 to 2019|