Public health analysis: Gazan patients increase, but number of permits falls


This comprehensive article in today’s Jerusalem Post details an ongoing discussion between health officials in Israel and the WHO over whether Israel is doing the right thing by encouraging Gazans to apply for medical aid permits.

In a nutshell: the number of permits granted went from 5k in 2006 to 7k in 2007 and nearly 9k in Q1+2 2008… but the proportion of permits granted went from 90% in 2006 to 66% in the same 2008 period.

So is that more aid, or less? You decide…