Clalit is the largest of Israel’s four state-mandated health service organizations, charged with administering health care services and funding for its members.
Widely known as Kupat Holim Clalit, it was established in 1911 as a mutual aid society. Today, it is the largest provider of public and semi-private health services in Israel. Under Israeli law, it is run as a not-for-profit entity.
One of Clalit’s unique features is its total involvement in the health services it offers. It employs as salaried personnel the nurses and doctors, teachers, researchers and administrators who staff its hospitals and clinics, including 7,500 physicians, 11,500 nurses, 1,300 pharmacists, 4,400 paramedics and laboratory/imaging technicians and 9,400 administrative personnel
Clalit is the only health organization that has an extensive network of hospitals throughout the country. Clalit maintains a total of 14 general and special care hospitals, which include two psychiatric hospitals, each with ambulatory as well as in-patient care, a full care rehabilitation hospital, and two long-term care hospitals with rehabilitation and nursing facilities for the chronically ill and the aged. Clalit runs over 1500 primary care clinics as well as a network of pharmacies and dental clinics.
In the long-term interest of the entire population, Clalit conducts clinical, biomedical and social science research in its own facilities, or in cooperation with Israel’s universities and scientific institutions. The Basil and Gerald Felsenstein Medical Research Center provides a complete support environment dedicated to applied medical research.
Clalit has changed the face of medicine and the health care system in Israel by implementing high-tech computer systems in all areas of its activities. It has invested intensively in providing sophisticated services for the benefit of its members, including computerized on-line personal medical records and fax transmission of diagnostic test results to physicians and patients.
In one of its major steps forward, Clalit has established throughout its network an innovative telemedicine program for the transfer of electronic medical data.