Bulletin: Public Health, Hospitals, and Professionals


Exchange: Chinitz, Israeli, Filc, and Cohen, Black Market Medicine and Privatization in Israel

Chinitz, David, and Avi Israeli. “Not Everything is Black or White: Commentary on Filc D and Cohen N, Blurring the Boundaries between Public and Private Health Care Services as an Alternative Explanation for the Emergence of Black Medicine: the Israeli Case.” Health Economics, Policy and Law (early view; online first).


Filc, Dani, and Nissim Cohen. “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck: Black Market Medicine and Privatization in Israel.” Health Economics, Policy and Law (early view; online first).


URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744133115000365




It is thus surprising to read a paper based in a country with National Health Insurance that implies that such blurring is problematic to the point of contributing to the emergence of black medicine in that country’s health care system. The article by Filc and Cohen on which we comment here, appears to be issuing a warning that when boundaries blur mischief is likely to be afoot Given the relevance to many health systems, and the illustrative value of the Israeli case, we have decided to review briefly the contents of that article, and comment on the main components of its analysis.