Levi Baruch

Dissertation title: The Medical Profession in the Neoliberal Era

Advisor: Dr. Amos Zehavi


Why did I choose doctoral studies in Political Science?

I have been engaging in socio-economic research in different professional frameworks for more than 15 years. My doctoral studies in Political Science allow me to connect my professional life with the academic world, thus enriching my research and advancing it. Furthermore, this academic path grants me a unique perspective on political and social systems by combining political science with other disciplines I had been exposed to during my academic studies, namely economics and international relations.


What is the research topic I am interest in and why? 

My work focuses on the interactions between the state and the medical profession in an era of profound economic and social transitions that reshape the healthcare system in Israel. My research questions are how does the medical profession in Israel cope with neoliberal policies such as cost containment, rationing of services and various efficiency-driven reforms applied by the government in the healthcare system? Why does the medical profession choose certain strategies over others? How successful are its actions and what are their repercussions for the healthcare system?

This research topic intriguingly combines different academic domains such as public policy, medicine and economics. It also raises important political, social and moral dilemmas in regard to distributive justice, equality and medical ethics.     

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