In a recent meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Health informed Beilinson Hospital that all pain and cancer patients - old and new - would be transferred to receive medical cannabis from pharmacies only. This means: harm to the therapeutic continuum and rising prices. The media intervention apparently dropped the plan again.
Five weeks have passed since we uncovered Here The Ministry of Health's attempt to forcibly transfer cannabis patients to a recognized pain doctor to purchase their monthly supply from the Super Pharm chain of pharmacies.
The significance of this transfer is an immediate increase in the cost of treatment, a lack of supply of varieties and the destruction of inflorescences, which means harm to the therapeutic continuum.
As Attorney Nili Karko has recently clarified In a conversation with the magazine, It is a process that is completely illegal if done by force and without making it clear to the patient that he can continue with the old format of division if he wishes.
After the affair was revealed in the magazine, the doctor withdrew from the procedure and gave the patients back their original licenses, not before explaining that "the Ministry of Health forced me to do this."
Now we are revealing another experience Of the Ministry of Health for similar transfer of patients to pharmacies, is also "under the radar" and is also apparently canceled today following this exposure in the magazine.
It turns out that in a recent meeting between representatives of the Ministry of Health and representatives of the Beilinson Hospital (Rabin Medical Center), the hospital received instructions similar to that received by a pain doctor.
From solid information we received, it appears that the ministry informed Beilinson that two weeks ago (1.7) he had to refer all the patients (pain / cancer / veterans) to receive the supplies only in the pharmacies participating in the new pilot.
As then, even now, it appears that the reason for these attempts by the Ministry of Health is that the pilot, which began two months ago, has not succeeded in bringing enough patients to buy the cannabis in pharmacies so that the business will be economic for the sellers.
At first, Beilinson tried to deny the matter, but after further clarification, they claimed that it was a "secretary's mistake" and that, as of now, there was no change in the licensing process.
The Ministry of Health received no response.
Cannabis Magazine will continue to monitor developments.