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Israel’s Health System Ranks at the Bottom of OECD Countries: A Troubling Report


Mar 27, 2024

The report reveals that in 2022, Israel had a rate of 2.1 beds per thousand people in general wards, compared to an average of 2.4 in developed countries. Israel ranks fourth from the bottom in the table, with South Korea having the highest rate of 7.3 hospital beds per thousand inhabitants. Germany follows with 5.8 beds per thousand inhabitants, which is considered one of the best health systems in the world.

The rate of psychiatric hospitalization beds in Israel is even lower at 0.3 beds per thousand people, with Korea and Belgium leading the list at 1.3 beds per thousand. The OECD average in this area is 0.1 beds per thousand people. In rehabilitation departments, Israel also lags behind with 0.3 hospital beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

According to the Ministry of Health, an additional 1,790 hospital beds are expected to be added in the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds in Israel to around 17,500. The Ministry also plans to add 300 beds in rehabilitation departments, with new centers opening in Jerusalem and the north. Additionally, 245 beds are expected to be added in psychiatric wards.

Minister of Health Uriel Bosso emphasized the importance of these additions as part of ongoing efforts to improve the health system. The Ministry is also working to increase medical personnel and improve accessibility and quality of care. Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov highlighted the need for more beds, additional personnel, and increased funding to enhance medical services for all residents of Israel. The Ministry is committed to continuing these efforts to improve the health system for the future.

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