Nov 21, 2017

Proposed Law: Pharmaceuticals everywhere!

MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beyteynu) has proposed a law that would allow people to fill their prescriptions in any pharmacy to his or her choosing. The proposed law would do away with limitations placed by the various Kupot Cholim forcing patients to fill many prescriptions using the "in house" pharmacy and would allow the prescriptions to be filled at external pharmacies, including private pharmacies and those managed by other Kupot Cholim.

The purpose of this proposal is two-fold:
1. to allow the patient more choice and flexibility in filling the prescriptions.
2. to protect the private pharmacies who are hurt by the limitations of exclusivity placed by the Kupot Cholim

With the Kupot Cholim doctors often giving digital prescriptions, accessible only by "internal" pharmacies within the network, this law would also force the Kupot to also give regular old-fashioned prescriptions that can be taken to external pharmacies.

If this law passes it will cost the Kupot a lot of money. They will need to reimburse the external pharmacies the monies above the government coverage and the patient copay at higher rates than they normally pay for the medicine at the discounted rates they receive for the internal pharmacies. They also might lose their discounted rates as they will not be buying the same large amounts of medicines as patients will be going to other pharmacies.

They will also lose out on the upsells - patients forced to go to Kupa pharmacies also buy other items that are sold at the same time, instead of going to a second store to get them. If the patients can go to other pharmacies for the medicines, they will have no reason to go to the kupa pharmacy and not only will the kupot lose out on the medicines, they will also lose out on the various upsells.

They oppose this proposal because they say it will cause them a catastrophe from a financial perspective.
source: Behadrei

It remains to be seen if this will pass, bu the kupot seem to have some serious claims. I think most of the issues can be worked out. Increased competition is always better for the consumer. The consumer would be able to choose where to buy his or her medicines based on convenience and price and whatever other factor the patient takes into account. The kupot will have to carry more medications to have available for a broader base of customers, as their own pharmacies will no longer be accessible to only their own patients but also to patients of other kupot. This could be a win win, if they can make adjustments to the proposal to satisfy the kupot a bit more.









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Facebook Status of the Day

interesting piece of history...




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Quote of the Day

We must hold the protests with all the strength and all the brazenness, it is the most important mitzva, and whoever does not participate in the protests for whatever reason, it is worse than not putting on tefillin. 

  -- Rav Tzvi Friedman, one of rabbinic leaders of the Peleg Yerushalmi group and head of the Peleg-affiliated beis din


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UTJ issues the Robin Williams ultimatum

According to Actualic, UTJ has offered an ultimatum to the Prime Minister - if he does not resolve the Shabbos work crisis, they will begin voting against the coalition.

Let's not forget that Litzman issued an ultimatum last week threatening to quit the coalition if work would be done. Work had been done and he did not quit.

Basically they are threatening with an ultimatum and if their demands are not met they'll issue another ultimatum. It reminds me of the Robin Williams skit about British police that only carry nightsticks and not guns - when they approach a criminal they shout at him - stop, or I'll say stop again! UTJ is telling the Prime Minister - stop, or I'll say stop again!




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Israeli Frenemies - Nov. 17, 2017 (video)







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first Haredi hackerthon (video)







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talking to olot chadashot (video)

this is funny, comparing the life abroad to post-aliyah..




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JIMM WEBISODE 10 SEASON 1 YARMULKE (video)








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Son of a Rabbi-The Rumble (music video)







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Nov 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

If a spaceship would crash in space, [MK Elazazar Stern] would blame it on the Rabbanut

  -- MK Yisrael Eichler (UTJ), in a discussion about Rabbanut giving kashrut certification to imported products in light of the import reforms, responding to Stern's attack that the Rabbanut is just an institution for connected people to hold jobs

Recent history has been amazing in the sense of the level at which the Haredi politicians support and defend the Rabbanut, when the Haredi community does not rely on the Rabbanut for anything and the Haredi community used to be the first to consider the Rabbanut not reliable, trustworthy or worthwhile. And the Dati community (at least large portions of it) now continues to attack the Rabbanut, disparage it, talk about how unreliable it is (while largely continuing to rely on it), while they used to be the main  supporters of the Rabbanut. My, how the tables have turned




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Bet Shemesh politics starting to wake up

Bet Shemesh is an interesting place, from a political perspective. There is always something intriguing going on.

Municipal elections are just a year away. That really makes it too early to start openly campaigning and announcing candidacy, but jockeying for position and misdirection has already begun.

The big questions seem to be:
 * will Moshe Abutbol run for a third term?
 * Will Degel Hatorah, or UTJ, field its own candidate?
 * Will the Degel candidate, if they field one, be Moshe Montag or Shmuel Greenberg, or someone else?

Recently the mayor, Moshe Abutbol, did something very unusual. He announced that he has not yet decided to run, but if Moshe Montag will be the Degel candidate then he, Abutbol, will support Montag and not run.

That is obviously weird. Why would a sitting mayor, contemplating his own run, announce support for a different potential candidate? There are a lot of theories. They don't really matter.

Moshe Abutbol has now announced, seemingly because Degel has not made a decision yet, that he will be running for mayor. Moshe Montag is upset, and the Degel people are upset at Abutbol for trying to influence the Degel decision, and there is a lot of talk as to who is doing what and why.

All I have to point out is that none of this matters. It is all a smokescreen that makes no difference. These are all low level politicians. They are all entirely dependent on what those above them tell them what to do. The decisions as to who will run and which party/parties will support which candidate will be made at a much higher level, between the various national party leaders and the relevant rabbonim.

They can squabble and fight and jockey for position now, but at the end of the day Degel leadership will decide who their person was, and all this squabbling will come to an end. They will talk to Shas leadership and work out their deals as to who will support whom in which cities, including Bet Shemesh, and that will be the end of all this.

This is all just low level noise.


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Did the crime, do the time

Last night's renewal of the Peleg protests were in response to some of their people having been arrested and their detention being extended for relatively long periods of time.

I have no problem with people breaking the law. That is, as long as when they do so they know they are taking the risk of being caught and arrested or fined or whatever. If they know that and want to take the risk, more power to them. If the person gets caught, he should be willing to pay the price - he took the risk knowingly for some benefit.

The Peleg people break the law (both in terms of not registering for the army and the road blockages) for ideological reasons. I have no problem with that. Part of the ideology has to be willingness to sit in jail and pay the price if caught. It even strengthens the ideology.


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the Shabbos morning wedding

Have you ever gone to a wedding on a Shabbos?

A couple got married last week, on a Monday night, in Bnei Braq. On Friday night, after sheva brachos, the kalla was talking to her sisterand told her a funny story about how the ring they had ordered had been a mistake - the wrong ring had come. The store made a mistake.

Sure enough one tells the other and someone says it is a problem and the marriage might not be good. Perhaps the kalla did not have intention to accept the marriage base don this ring and the chosson did not intend to marry with this ring. The rav decided that the couple could not stay together that Friday night, as perhaps they are not married. The Shabbos morning sheva brachos could also not be performed, as there is no chosson and kalla.

On Shabbos morning, with a small group of people, he performed the wedding for them again in his office, using an old ring of hers.Weddings are not normally performed on Shabbos, but they relied on the Rama who says in great need it is possible.

It also seems that at the original wedding itself they had to do the ring ceremony twice because the witnesses had said they did not hear the "harei at" the first time so the rav made them redo it.
source: Behadrei and Kikar

1. Mazel tov! Many times over, mazel tov!

2. it would seem this couple is destined to have many challenges to overcome..

3. I would guess that they did not notice the difference in the ring until after the fact. Had they noticed before the wedding, I would think that they had accepted this ring as the ring and decided to marry with it, and it should be fine. The fact that the question is if they intended to marry with this ring surely means they only noticed after the fact.

4. did they have to start sheva brachos over again starting from Shabbos?

5. how did the rav write them a new kesuba on Shabbos morning? They could not use the original one, as the date in it is wrong. I wonder what they did about that. Without a kesuba they would not have been allowed to stay together until after shabbos when it could be written.



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