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Nov 27, 2020, 12:41 PM
Israel’s Fluoride Fiasco
Earlier this week, Dr. Lena Natapov, the head of the Department of Dental Health of the Israel Ministry of Health, gave a 1 hour Zoom presentation under the auspices of the Colgate company and the Israel Dental Association. Most of...
Jun 4, 2020, 12:48 PM
Dentistry and the danger of the coronavirus in Israel
There is no profession more at risk from the corona virus than dentistry. The Ministry of Health has let dentists go back to work at the end of April. Even with all of the regulations they publicized the result...
Feb 9, 2020, 7:12 PM
The Israel Dental Association elections
This past Friday, the Israel Dental Association held their elections. The outgoing leadership chose who they wanted in all of the positions for the next four years and the 108 delegates voted unanimously in favor. In previous posts I...
Dec 5, 2019, 3:42 PM
Is Israel really democratic?
Israel is known as the only real democracy in the Middle East. Webster's dictionary defines democracy as "a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system...
Nov 18, 2019, 6:23 PM
The Public Dental Health System in Israel
Over the past week there has been much criticism of the Israeli Health system in the media. We have heard of hospital wards operating at 200% capacity. The OECD issued a report ranking Israel very poorly on its expenditure...
Jun 15, 2019, 11:54 PM
Israel Dental Association: An Embarrassment of Israeli Democracy
Elections are coming, not only for the Israeli Knesset but for the Israel Dental Association (IDA). The IDA is the official representative of Israel's dentists versus the government and Ministry of Health, and therefore its policies and leadership is...
Nov 24, 2017, 5:03 PM
Israeli Dentists Still Mistreated by Government
In February 2017, a new law was proposed as a private members bill in the Knesset. The purpose of the proposed law is to correct an injustice that has being going on since 2010. In 2010 the Ministry of...
Feb 15, 2017, 1:01 AM
After 7 years, will discrimination against private dentists in Israel end? New law proposed
Two weeks ago a small article was published in the Yisrael Hayom daily newspaper. The article stated that Knesset Member Oded Forer of the Yisrael Beitenu party has proposed a private members law in the Knesset which will...
Mar 3, 2016, 1:50 PM
Israel Dental Association elections: Fair or fixed?
The Israel Dental Association (IDA) held elections on Friday, February 26. The Islamic Republic of Iran also held elections on the same day. The more democratic elections were those held in Iran. The outcome of the IDA elections was predetermined. Here is...
Dec 30, 2015, 9:40 PM
Working Conditions for Dentists in Israel’s Public Sector, and the Consequences
In my previous posting, I gave a short synopsis of the situation of the dental profession in Israel,and how it developed historically. Today I will describe the working conditions in the public sector, at kupot cholim (health fund) clinics. Last month, the employees...
Dr. Dan Cheifetz is a graduate of Georgetown University Dental School. He has been practicing dentistry in Israel for 36 years. He served in the IDF as a dentist from 1989-1991.