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Wild About Medicine

Israelis love medicine. It would certainly seem so according to a study by Kupat Holim-the largest sick fund in the country. Kupat Holim, whose membership amounts to 72 percent of the population, has found that its members consume 600 million pills a year. A survey by the sick fund disclosed an average of 20 prescriptions a year per member compared with 13 in Austria, 12 in France and 4.7 in the United States. Doctors here have issued a warning against this excessive use of medicines.