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

Israel Lags Behind in Hospital Bed Availability: Plans to Increase Capacity

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. This places Israel 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.

However, when it comes to psychiatric hospitalization beds, Israel lags behind with a rate of just 0.3 beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.1 beds per thousand people. In rehabilitation departments, Israel also falls short with a rate of 0.3 hospital beds per thousand people, below the OECD average of 0.5 beds per thousand people.

In response to these issues, the Ministry of Health has announced plans to add additional hospital beds in the next five years. Specifically, they plan to add 1,790 general hospital beds, bringing the total number of general hospital beds in Israel to around 17,500. They also plan to add 300 beds in rehabilitation departments and new centers are expected to open in Jerusalem and the north along with this addition. Additionally, they expect to add 245 psychiatric wards bed as well

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