There is no doubt, however, that deliberations on the annual budget ought to be guided by multi-year considerations and anticipated long-term feasibility. Thus, predictable requirements should be examined for the next quinquennium. For certain purposes, even a more distant period, the nineties, should be considered. The findings presented here, therefore, are important not so much for their absolute values as for the trends and patterns of change they suggest for the medium and long term.
This paper appears as a chapter in the Center’s annual publication, Israel’s Social Services 1986-1987, and is available upon request.