Medicine: Doctors on Strike

With 4,000 registered physicians for 1,500,000 people, Israel is the world's most intensively doctored nation. But last week more than half its physicians were idle, most of its clinics were shut down, and only emergency cases could get medical care. What had happened was that 2,200 doctors* had gone on a three-day strike for higher pay.

Their complaints: in most countries a physician makes five to nine times as much as a manual worker, but in Israel he is lucky if he makes half as much again. Many a hospital cook with a big family takes home a fatter pay...

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