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53% of the external funding for research in hospitals comes from abroad and only 7.8% from the government

This is according to the survey of the National Council for Research and Development of the Ministry of Science * According to estimates, the main funders from abroad are pharmaceutical companies

Medical research. Photo: shutterstock
Medical research. Photo: shutterstock

A survey by the National Council for Research and Development at the Ministry of Science, conducted by the CBS and published today, indicates that the research system in the hospitals in Israel relies largely on funding coming from abroad. According to estimates, the main funders from abroad are pharmaceutical companies.

According to the survey data, the total expenses for research and development in the general hospitals whose funding comes from an external party to the hospital, increased from NIS 302 million in 2009 to NIS 431 million in 2012 - an increase of 43% in 3 years. 53% of this sum comes from foreign sources such as pharmaceutical and medical device companies, governmental and intergovernmental organizations such as the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the European Union and more, which invest money in research in clinical trials and research grants in the general hospitals. Another considerable proportion of the total funding of research comes from the business sector in Israel - 36.4% (it should be noted that the internal funding of the hospitals was classified in the survey as business funding). This, compared to the share of the Israeli government funding which amounts to only 7.8%. This is a sharp increase in funding from foreign sources and the business sector in Israel compared to the previous survey conducted in 2009, when their share was 32% and 24% respectively, and the share of government funding from Israel was 16%.

According to the Minister of Science, Technology and Space Yaakov Perry, "Many countries and pharmaceutical companies in the world see Israel as a high-quality focus for the development of research thanks to the high-quality and educated manpower, the high level of research and the relatively advanced infrastructure in Israel's hospitals. However, the reliance of the research system in the hospitals for the most part on funding sources from abroad is problematic - the development products do not necessarily stay in Israel and the funding can disappear at any moment as a result of fluctuations in the world market. Therefore, the government budget invested in research and development in hospitals should be increased."

Moreover, the survey shows that the highest expenditure on research from external funding sources was in hospitals belonging to the government sector - 43%. However, in the calculation according to the expenditure for the R&D according to the hospitalization beds in each sector, it appears that the expenditure of the hospitals of the health funds is the highest of all and amounts to 36,800 NIS per bed, this compared to 23,400 NIS in government hospitals and 22,400 NIS In non-profits such as Hadassah and Shaare Zedek. The data also show a sharp increase of 88% in spending on R&D in hospitals that belong to the HMO within three years.

According to the chairman of the National R&D Council at the Ministry of Science, Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Israel, "the significant increase in R&D spending in hospitals does not yet have a macro impact on the Israeli economy, apart from exceptions such as the development of Copaxone which began in academia and continued into industry in Israel . Clinical trials funded by parties from abroad will not have a significant economic impact on the Israeli economy because the drug will be produced abroad in the factories of the company that ordered the trial. Although the foreign funding has a positive effect in that the most advanced research comes to Israel, the investment in the development of local medical technology in local budgets must be strengthened, which will later allow the economic fruits of the development to be reaped, as was done in the case of Copaxone."

Factors from abroad prefer to invest in research and development in the broad field of internal medicine, which includes heart diseases, diabetes, diseases of the digestive system, the urinary system, the respiratory system and more. About 63% of the total investments by foreign parties in research in hospitals are directed to internal medical research, compared to about 18% in the field of surgery, and about 6% in the field of children and maternity. The hospitals distribute the investments in research that come from their funds in a slightly more equal way: over 40% in internal medicine, about 36% in the field of pediatrics, maternity and women's medicine, about 9% in the field of surgical medicine, and about 4% in the fields of psychiatry and rehabilitation. The government funding for research in general hospitals devotes about 32% of its total investments to internal medicine, about 18% to surgery, about 10% to the field of pediatrics, maternity and women's medicine, and about 4% to psychiatry and rehabilitation. The data also shows that the field of intensive care receives almost no investment in research.

There was a 17% decrease in the number of trainings for postgraduate research students carried out within the hospitals, the type of research that may lead to the development of Israeli products, in 3 years and they amounted to 538 trainings for research students only compared to 645 in a previous survey.

12 תגובות

  1. O great barbarian ferret,
    The omniscient, including what the Maw'hole thinks.

    Mirom Golan's response spoke of proof,
    There was determination, up to a million counts.

    In your first response there was already a mix-up.
    Even though you called me an idiot, you added words like "donation".
    Suddenly there is a need for integration and not "only through the state".

    Unfortunately my friend, you created a load of straw.
    And this is your logical fallacy.
    Because it was not claimed in favor of state funding only
    but against "that the free market is the only method"

    Thank you,
    from the construction department

  2. Barbary ferret
    The State of Israel is losing the war in Gaza, as it lost in the Second Lebanon War. Don't fool yourself.
    But - that's not really the issue.

    A free market is a great thing, but it does not protect the basic human rights to health, education and security. For this purpose people set up a government for themselves. The role of a government is to maintain these rights, in a situation of conflict of interests between the rights of the general public and the free market mechanism.

    Do you really disagree with that?

  3. Miracles
    The things you say seem unrelated. You're talking off the mark.
    Once again: the limited budget goes according to the order of national priority and not according to the agenda of miracles. You think the security is not working. And I tell you that according to the facts on the ground: the national agenda, for the most part, continues to exist despite the war in Gaza. And the problem here is information and not security.
    ...and the long lines also exist at "Hot".
    It is better to have a long queue but at least that the company broadcasts programs than to have a short queue because the company went bankrupt "and died".
    Either way, it seems you didn't understand what M meant. Golan when he talked about a free market.

  4. Barbary ferret
    Indeed the budget is limited. The question is where the budget goes. And looking at Israel in recent years, the budget is not going where it should. Look at the security situation, or the education situation.

    I don't understand why you choose to ignore my example. This is an example of how a free market is not the solution.

    And if you think that the state of health in Israel is good - wait until you need the help.... Let's try - try to book an appointment with a spine specialist for the next month through your health insurance fund ... and after that try not through the health system.

    Elk knowledge…..

  5. Besides, Nissim, what is this: "The state is not doing its job..."?
    If the state did not do its job then the state could not exist. It is a fact that Israel is a much more developed country than other countries around the globe. This means that the State of Israel is doing its job.
    The quality of the function can be debated. And this is where the most important element comes in: money. Or as they call it in the government: "budget".
    The facts are that the State of Israel has a limited budget. And there are priorities. There are things on which the state will invest money (look for the examples of this yourself), and there are things that the state will not invest money on (even if you would very much like it to invest) but leave it to the "free market" to take care of these matters.

  6. Barbary ferret
    What do you base your assertion on?
    Let's take for example the recent polio vaccination. Do you think a free market would have taken care of such a vaccine?

    The state is not doing its job, that's true. It does not follow that a free market is a solution to this.

  7. bootleg
    "Enough with the logical leaps please" - the fact that you do not know what a "free market" is and cannot understand the logic does not mean that the mistake is with the commenter M. Golan. In fact you, without being aware of it, reveal the fact that you lack knowledge on the subject, and in addition reveal to everyone that logic is not your strong point.
    Mirom Golan was right. The free market really contributes to the development of the medical field more than the state. In fact, thanks to this market, technologies also develop faster than they would if they were financed only through the state.

  8. Mirom
    Do you prefer the American method? Do you prefer that people decide for themselves what to vaccinate?
    I do not think so….

  9. No Golan, that's not what it proves. I have not seen the other 999,999 proofs, but what is written in the article does not refer to what is better and does not even strengthen the claim that "the free market is the only method to develop medicine". Enough with the logical leaps please

  10. Which proves for the millionth time that the free market is the only method to develop medicine. What the state is unable to do in its wildest dreams, the companies do.

  11. What, shall we say? Despite the difficult economic situation. The potential is there. It seems to me that the most important is health and housing. Because there is no limit to expenses.

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