Earlier this week, I had a close encounter with the emergency services aspect of the Israeli health service. The details are not important, especially as I emerged intact, relieved, and happy to be out. However, it was an up close and personal perspective that brought home how badly the politicians need to sort out the management of, and funding of, front line medical services. It’s a whole world away from Washington, but this is still an important issue. In fact, it’s an emergency.