What I'm interested in is how much of this goes to fund Israel's health care system...not how much total aid they receive...your reference doesn't specify...this is a thread on health care, not total economic aid packages...if the Israelis receive a similar health care "aid" percentage to other countries that we give aid to ... then your example (which always uses Israel) really is non-specific...
Perhaps you and Laxxi and use some of your imagination. Ask yourselves, how long would Israel's debt ridden economy last without the money given to it by Washington, DC. Use just a little bit of logic and common sense so that you can readily ascertain that its currency and its government will not last long at all. In fact, it would have gone to hell by the late 1960s and we would have had peace in that region. Re how much is actually directed to Israel's socialist
Ministry of Health is kept a big secret. Under the 1995 law all people in Israel are required to participate in the HMO's. This, of course, is a socialist mandate which nobody objects to though we pay for it.
Now consider this: "Cost of medical education: In Israel, most of the costs of medical education are borne by the government
, with students paying less than $3,000 per year. In the US, students often pay 10–20 times as much." That's socialism - socialism that is paid for by you the taxpayer through the annual billion dollar plus subsidies given every year.http://www.jhf.org/Resources/PaperPdfs/ ... EP-ENG.pdf
Here are a couple of blurbs from wiki:
"Israel has maintained a system of socialized health care
since its establishment in 1948 ... Israel is emerging as a popular destination for medical tourists ... Others come to Israel, perhaps most commonly from the US
, because they can receive quality health care at a fraction of the cost it would be at home, for both surgeries and in-vitro fertilization procedures ..."
I have already posted proof that USA's annual giveaway to that state constitute a substantial part of its GDP. If you want further specifics as to how much of the annual giveaways have gone into the socialized health care program you may write to these people:http://www.health.gov.il
They will answer all of your questions.