Israel’s Healthcare System: Improving Hospital Bed Availability and Quality of Care

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

In 2022, Israel had a rate of 2.1 beds per thousand people in general wards, which is lower than the average of 2.4 in developed countries. The report revealed that 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 closely behind with 5.8 beds per thousand people, 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, and Israel lags behind significantly. In rehabilitation departments, Israel also lags behind with only 0.3 hospital beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

In response to these findings, Minister of Health Uriel Bosso emphasized the importance of increasing hospital bed availability as part of ongoing efforts to improve the health system in Israel. 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. Additionally, there are plans to add 300 beds in rehabilitation departments and new centers opening in Jerusalem and the north will provide better accessibility for patients across different regions of Israel.

Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov highlighted that more funding and additional personnel will be required to enhance medical services for all residents of Israel as well as increase accessibility and quality of care.

Overall, it’s clear that while Israeli healthcare system has some work to do when it comes to bed availability and accessibility but with these planned additions and improvements we can expect a better future for all residents’ health needs.

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