The cabinet unanimously approved, Sunday, an approximately 300-million-shekel expansion of the basket of government-subsidized drugs and medical treatments. The expansion will take effect at the beginning of next month, bringing the focus of the health basket on preventive care: For the first time, over 50,000 8th-grade girls will be inoculated against cervical cancer. Innovative drugs for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancer will be added including Afinitor, Perjeta and Avastin, as well as an innovative drug for treating prostate cancer, Zytiga. The basket will also include nuchal translucency testing and advanced pregnancy tests for various genetic diseases.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "This is a very significant expansion of the health basket: Important medicines and medical technologies, including preventing cervical cancer among woman, breast cancer, pre-natal tests and advanced pregnancy treatments. All of this is advanced preventative and therapeutic treatment. I think this is very important news for the public. We have done much and we are doing even more. We have still have much to do."