Ministry of Health (Israel)
Ministry of Health building
|Jurisdiction||Government of Israel|
The Ministry of Health (Hebrew: מִשְׂרַד הַבְּרִיאוּת, translit. Misrad HaBri'ut) is a ministry in the Israeli government, responsible for formulating health policies. The ministry plans, supervises, licenses, and coordinates the country's health care services. In addition to overseeing health services provided by Kupat Holim and family health centers such as Tipat Halav, the ministry maintains general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics, treatment programs for substance abuse, and facilities for the chronically ill.
The current acting Minister of Health is Yoav Ben-Tzur.
In January 2021, the ministry entered a collaborative agreement with Pfizer granting the company access to Israel citizens' personal electronic medical records in order to observe the real-world safety and efficacy of the BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine product.
In February 2022, the ministry banned medical professionals in Israel from providing conversion therapy.
List of ministers
|#||Minister||Party||Government||Term start||Term end||Notes|
|1||Haim-Moshe Shapira||United Religious Front,
|P, 1, 2||14 May 1948||8 October 1951|
|2||Yosef Burg||Hapoel HaMizrachi||3||8 October 1951||24 December 1952|
|3||Yosef Sapir||General Zionists||4||24 December 1952||29 December 1952||Sapir and Serlin swapped ministerial portfolios;|
Sapir became Minister of Transportation
|4||Yosef Serlin||General Zionists||4, 5||29 December 1953||29 June 1955|
|5||Dov Yosef||Mapai||6||29 June 1955||3 November 1955|
|6||Yisrael Barzilai||Mapam||7, 8, 9||3 November 1955||2 November 1961|
|–||Haim-Moshe Shapira||National Religious Party||10, 11, 12||2 November 1961||12 January 1966|
|–||Yisrael Barzilai||Not an MK||13, 14||12 January 1966||15 December 1969||Member of Mapam|
|7||Haim Gvati||Alignment||15||22 December 1969||27 July 1970|
|8||Victor Shem-Tov||Not an MK||15, 16, 17||27 July 1970||20 June 1977||Member of the Alignment|
|9||Eliezer Shostak||Likud||18, 19, 20||20 June 1977||13 September 1984|
|10||Mordechai Gur||Alignment||21||13 September 1984||20 October 1986|
|11||Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino||Alignment||22||20 October 1986||22 December 1988|
|12||Ya'akov Tzur||Alignment||23||22 December 1988||15 March 1990|
|13||Ehud Olmert||Likud||24||11 June 1990||13 July 1992|
|14||Haim Ramon||Labor Party||25||13 July 1992||8 February 1994|
|15||Yitzhak Rabin||Labor Party||25||8 February 1994||1 June 1994||Serving Prime Minister|
|16||Efraim Sneh||Labor Party||25, 26||1 June 1994||18 June 1996|
|17||Tzachi Hanegbi||Likud||27||18 June 1996||12 November 1996|
|18||Yehoshua Matza||Likud||27||12 November 1996||6 July 1999|
|19||Shlomo Benizri||Shas||28||6 July 1999||11 July 2000|
|20||Roni Milo||Centre Party||28||10 August 2000||7 March 2001|
|21||Nissim Dahan||Shas||29||7 March 2001||23 May 2002|
|22||Ariel Sharon||Likud||29||23 May 2002||3 June 2002||Serving Prime Minister|
|–||Nissim Dahan||Shas||29||3 June 2002||28 February 2003|
|23||Dan Naveh||Likud||30||28 February 2003||14 January 2006|
|24||Yaakov Edri||Kadima||30||18 January 2006||4 May 2006|
|25||Ya'akov Ben-Yezri||Gil||31||4 May 2006||31 March 2009|
|26||Benjamin Netanyahu||Likud||32||31 March 2009||18 March 2013||Serving Prime Minister|
|27||Yael German||Yesh Atid||33||18 March 2013||4 December 2014|
|–||Benjamin Netanyahu||Likud||34||14 May 2015||27 August 2015||Serving Prime Minister|
|28||Ya'akov Litzman||United Torah Judaism||34||27 August 2015||28 November 2017|
|–||Benjamin Netanyahu||Likud||34||28 November 2017||29 December 2019||Serving Prime Minister|
|–||Yaakov Litzman||United Torah Judaism||34||29 December 2019||17 May 2020|
|29||Yuli Edelstein||Likud||35||17 May 2020||13 June 2021|
|30||Nitzan Horowitz||Meretz||36||13 June 2021||29 December 2022|
|31||Aryeh Deri||Shas||37||29 December 2022||24 January 2023|
|32||Yoav Ben-Tzur||Shas||37||24 January 2023||Serving as Acting Minister following Aryeh Deri's dismissal|
|#||Minister||Party||Government||Term start||Term end||Notes|
|1||Yitzhak Rafael||National Religious Party||10, 11, 12||2 November 1961||22 March 1965|
|2||Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir||National Religious Party||12||24 March 1965||12 January 1966|
|3||Abd el-Aziz el-Zoubi||Alignment||15||24 May 1971||10 March 1974|
|4||Shoshana Arbeli-Almozlino||Alignment||21||24 September 1984||20 October 1986|
|5||Eliezer Mizrahi||Agudat Yisrael
|24||25 June 1990||13 July 1992|
|6||Nawaf Massalha||Labor Party||25, 26||4 August 1992||18 June 1996|
|7||Shlomo Benizri||Shas||27||13 August 1996||6 July 1999|
|8||Ya'akov Litzman||United Torah Judaism||32||1 April 2009||18 March 2013||De facto minister (UTJ do not take full cabinet posts)|
|9||Tzachi Hanegbi||Likud||33||24 December 2014||14 May 2015|
|–||Ya'akov Litzman||United Torah Judaism||34||19 May 2015||2 September 2015||De facto minister (UTJ do not take full cabinet posts)|
|–||Ya'akov Litzman||United Torah Judaism||34||10 January 2018||29 December 2019|
|10||Yoav Kisch||Likud||35||25 May 2020||13 June 2021|
Although the official languages of Israel are both Hebrew and Arabic, and 18% of Israel's citizens are Arab speakers, the Israeli Ministry of Health does not have a spokesperson who speaks Arabic or a liasion to work with Arab-language media. The Israel Government Advertising Agency reports that there are 15 health and environment ad campaigns, all in Hebrew only.
- ^ Ministry of Health Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Health Services in Israel
- ^ Levy, Chezy (2021-01-06). "Real-world epidemiological evidence collaboration agreement" (PDF). Knowledge Ecology International. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-09-05. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
- ^ "Health Ministry formally bans LGBTQ conversion therapy". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
- ^ "Cabinet okays Litzman as health minister, drawing fury of Australia's Jews". The Times of Israel.
- ^ "דרעי ממשיך לחפש פרצה: מונו ממלאי מקום במשרדיו - וואלה! חדשות". וואלה! (in Hebrew). 2023-01-24. Retrieved 2023-01-25.
- ^ Jack Khoury: Israeli Health Ministry Ignores Arabs in Nutrition Campaigns, NGO Claims. Haaretz, 14 June 2016.