Terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons receive drugs from the Israel Prison Service (IPS), including medicines that are not included in the health basket of Israeli citizens, the Lavi organization revealed.
Official documents received by the Lavi organization after a request for freedom of information submitted by the organization reveal the scope of the prison’s medical treatment of terrorists, which reaches millions of shekels every year, and includes medicines that are not in the Israeli health basket. This means terrorists may receive medications that Israeli citizens will not receive from their kupat cholim (HMO).
The findings from these documents indicate that between the months of March 1, 2015 and July 30, 2018, the IPS financed medications for prisoners held in Israeli security prisons exceeded NIS 12 million. It should be noted that there is a small number of criminal prisoners in these prisons, and according to the IPS, they are also included in this data.
A review of the file that lists the drugs that the terrorists received during this period shows that the terrorists receive drugs that are not included in the health basket.
For example, in an examination of the drugs received by the terrorists at Ofir Prison, it appears that the terrorists in this prison received JANUVIA in the amount of NIS 21,106. JANUVIA is designed to treat diabetes, and the drug is not included in the national health basket of drugs for Israeli citizens. According to experts in the field of diabetes, this drug excels and has few side effects.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)