Israel’s Healthcare System Lags Behind, But the Ministry is Taking Action

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

Israel has a rate of 2.1 hospital beds per thousand people in general wards, which is below the average of 2.4 beds per thousand people in developed countries, according to a recent report. The country ranks fourth from the bottom in this area, with South Korea having the highest rate at 7.3 beds per thousand inhabitants. Germany follows closely behind with 5.8 beds per thousand inhabitants, which is considered one of the best health systems in the world.

In terms of psychiatric hospitalization beds, Israel lags far behind, with only 0.3 beds per thousand people compared to an OECD average of 0.1 beds per thousand people. South Korea and Belgium lead the list in this category, each with 1.3 beds per thousand people. In rehabilitation departments, Israel also falls short of expectations, with only 0.3 hospital beds per thousand people compared to an OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

Despite these challenges, the Ministry of Health has announced plans to add an additional 1,790 hospital beds over the next five years, bringing the total number of general hospital beds in Israel to around 17,500. Additionally, they plan to add 300 rehabilitation department beds and new centers are expected to open in Jerusalem and the north region as well as another 245 psychiatric ward bed will be added too . This move by Ministry is aimed at improving the health system for its residents and increasing medical personnel while also improving accessibility and quality of care for all individuals living in Israel

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