The attraction of over one million sufferers within the final two years to Well being Minister Nitzan Horowitz, via 20 consultant affected person organizations, didn’t even obtain a response from him. The organizations approached Horowitz with a request to take part as observers within the conferences of the committee of the drug basket, which started its work final week and can end it in December. On this framework, the committee approves the entry of medicines into the well being basket.
The sufferers, via the organizations, surprise why the Ministry of Well being insists on not permitting full transparency in these essential discussions within the sub-committees. In comparison with the FDA within the USA and the EM in Europe, the place the companies implement actual cooperation of affected person organizations within the decision-making course of, the basket committee
In Israel, varied events take part, together with members of the Ministry of Finance and representatives of the medical health insurance funds – whereas the voices of the sufferers themselves usually are not heard.
“There is no such thing as a obvious motive to stop the participation of representatives of affected person organizations within the deliberations of the subcommittees,” mentioned Lawyer Eyal Tzur, chairman of the Crohn’s and Colitis Affiliation and a member of the Coalition of Affected person Organizations. “This may solely contribute to the standard of the selections that will probably be made and their ethical and public validity, and one hour earlier is ok. I’ve little question that finally a method will probably be discovered to make sure the participation of affected person organizations within the course of.
“I remorse that the Minister of Well being didn’t discover it acceptable to commit the little time required to listen to the sufferers’ place earlier than he made the choice on the composition of the Basket 2023 Committee. I hope that on the very least the Minister of Well being will now, as a primary step, enable the participation of representatives of affected person organizations as observers.” Adv. Tzur added.
The response of the Ministry of Well being: “A whole lot of work is invested within the dialogue technique of the Basket Committee, and the method, which has been carried out for a few years, and is accepted by the authorities within the well being system and out of doors, is extremely appreciated in Israel and overseas. The workplace is cautious concerning the transparency of the method and the switch of data to the general public in varied methods, the place the transparency of the method is praised in Israel and world wide.
“Within the hearings, the presence of journalists is feasible, the principle choices of the basket committee are printed on the ministry’s web site a couple of days after every assembly and permit anybody thinking about following its choices to problem it in actual time or contact the committee. As well as, any applicant who’s thinking about receiving suggestions on the committee’s choices can contact the know-how evaluation division within the well being basket. These conferences are held continuously within the first months of the 12 months in preparation for updating the basket for the next 12 months, and permit the candidates to obtain suggestions relating to the submission and the issues within the committee.
“The basket committee has 4 public representatives from authorized, moral, social and different fields. The Ministry of Well being permits anybody thinking about collaborating within the course of, together with sufferers, to submit their private reference and expertise from a selected therapy, and it’s offered to the members of the basket committee. Throughout the committee’s deliberations, the chairman of the committee even met
with affected person associations, and you’ll contact the members of the committee in different methods.”