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Ministries Taking Second Look at Medication Benefit

PERSONAL PRIVACY—ISRAEL

April 12, 2010

The Finance Ministry is considering creating a special commission to look into privacy issues associated with its plan to reduce medication costs for Holocaust survivors, Haaretz.com reports. Since announcing plans for the program, the ministry has received dozens of letters from individuals concerned about the personal data they would be required to provide in order to benefit from the program. Some requested to be kept off the list of those eligible for the benefit, while others called for laws to prohibit the disclosure of their survivor status. The Social Affairs Ministry is also examining the issue.  
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