Circles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health Care in Israel by Dani FilcCircles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health Care in Israel by Dani Filc

Circles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health Care in Israel

byDani FilcForeword byQuentin Young

Hardcover | May 14, 2009

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In its early years, Israel's dominant ideology led to public provision of health care for all Jewish citizens-regardless of their age, income, or ability to pay. However, the system has shifted in recent decades, becoming increasingly privatized and market-based. In a familiar paradox, the wealthy, the young, and the healthy have relatively easy access to health care, and the poor, the old, and the very sick confront increasing obstacles to medical treatment.

In Circles of Exclusion, Dani Filc, both a physician and a human rights activist, forcefully argues that in present-day Israel, equal access to health care is constantly and systematically thwarted by a regime that does not extend an equal level of commitment to the well-being of all residents of Israel, whether Jewish, Israeli Palestinians, migrant workers, or Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. Filc explores how Israel's adoption of a neoliberal model has pushed the system in a direction that gives priority to the strongest and richest individuals and groups over the needs of society as a whole, and to profit and competition over care.

Filc pays special attention to the repercussions of policies that define citizenship in a way that has serious consequences for the health of groups of Palestinians who are Israeli citizens-particularly the Bedouins in the unrecognized villages-and to the ways in which this structure of citizenship affects the health of migrant workers. The health care situation is even more dire in the Occupied Territories, where the Occupation, especially in the last two decades, has negatively affected access to medical care and the health of Palestinians. Filc concludes his book with a discussion of how human rights, public health, and economic imperatives can be combined to produce a truly equal health care system that provides high-quality services to all Israelis.

Title:Circles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health Care in IsraelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.2 inPublished:May 14, 2009Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080144795X

ISBN - 13:9780801447952

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"Circles of Exclusion is a brilliant critique of a society rooted in egalitarian notions of social welfare and communal responsibility that has floundered on the pervasive global market forces of American-style medicine. Dani Filc meticulously documents this slow transformation and also focuses on the pitfalls for a nation where social benefits are tightly linked to the exclusivity of Israeli citizenship. Exploring the health implications for Israeli Palestinians, Bedouins, migrant workers, and Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, Filc reveals the devastating social, political and economic consequences of second class citizenship, racism, and a prolonged occupation. Ultimately, he frames the analysis in its most universalist terms such that this book becomes a lesson for all of us struggling for universal health care, social justice for the least empowered in our own societies, and an end to destructive militarism and aggression."—Alice Rothchild, MD, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience