Impact of new medical technologies on health expenditures in Israel 2000-07

Mordechai Rabinovich, Francis Wood, Joshua Shemer

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to estimate the impact of new medical technologies on public healthcare expenditures in Israel over the period 2000-07. Methods: For each year, government estimates for the costs of new technologies recommended as high-priority for public funding were summarized. The ratio of projected costs of these technologies to total public healthcare expenditures was calculated and compared with actual governmental budget allocations for new technologies. Results: Funding all new high-priority medical technologies would have increased healthcare expenditures by 2.1 percent per year. Government allocations for new technologies raised expenditures by 1.0 percent per year. Conclusions: New medical technologies significantly increase healthcare expenditures in Israel. Budgetary constraints have reduced their actual impact by 52 percent. This study indicates the need for an annual addition of 2 percent to public healthcare budget for funding new high-priority technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-448
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Healthcare expenditures
  • National list of health services
  • New medical technologies


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