The Cost and Allocation of Social Services, and Priorities in Social Policy
Author: Haim Barkai Policy Research

Recent media discussion of social and social-welfare affairs has taken place in the context of a series of labor disputes in the health and education services.

Recurrent breakdowns in the running of the health and education systems, coupled with persistent claims – voiced by many politicians – that the economic stabilization plan has hurt the economically weak more than anyone else have created the impression the the resources allocated to the social services are being substantially reduced.

Analytical discussion of the subject involves a number of the short-term as well as the long-term trends of the system as a whole and of its major constituents – income maintenance and the provision of services.

This paper appears as a chapter in the Center’s annual publication, Israel’s Social Services 1986-1987, and is available upon request.

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