Health Minister Hasn't Signed Conflict of Interest Agreement

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Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.
Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.Credit: Hadas Parush, Flash90

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has never signed a conflict of interest agreement, as cabinet rules require, and never submitted a disclosure statement about ties that could raise suspicions of conflict of interest.

Litzman has served stints as deputy health minister in the absence of a full-time minister and was officially appointed health minister in September 2015. His wife is employed by Hamodia, the newspaper of Litzman’s Agudat Yisrael political faction of United Torah Judaism. The other possible conflict for a health minister is that Litzman’s son is owner of an orthopedic supply store among whose customers is the Meuhedet health maintenance organization, one of the four public HMOs overseen by the Health Ministry. The Globes business daily reported that the store does business with Meuhedet without having gone through a bidding process.

TheMarker asked for a response from Litzman’s office but none was provided.

Elad Man, the legal adviser to the Hatzlaha consumer organization, was told by Litzman’s office that any conflict of interest agreement is the responsibility of the attorney general, the state comptroller or the Knesset. The Justice Ministry told Man that it Litzman's responsibility to disclose ties that raise concern over a conflict of interest.

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