Israel Increases Holocaust Survivor Benefits
The country’s 80,000 Holocaust survivors will be eligible for as much as a 90 percent subsidy for their pharmaceutical bills, the Social Affairs Ministry announced yesterday after months of debate.
The agreement, reached by the social affairs, health and finance ministries, is expected to cost the state NIS 50 million and will come from the Social Affairs Ministry’s budget for services to Holocaust survivors. That budget currently covers various needs, including nursing care, dental work, purchasing glasses and hearing aids, etc.
Meanwhile, the ministry continues to meet with representatives of the Claims Conference and of the Company for Restitution of Holocaust Victims Assets, so the subsidies for medicines will be raised to 100 percent of the cost.