Israel Lags Behind in Hospital Beds, But Plans Big Investments to Boost Healthcare System

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
Israel’s Health System Ranks at the Bottom of OECD Countries: A Troubling Report

In 2022, Israel had a lower rate of general hospital beds per thousand people compared to the average in developed countries. According to a report, Israel had 2.1 beds per thousand people, while the average in developed countries was 2.4. This places Israel fourth from the bottom on the list, with South Korea having the highest rate of hospital beds per thousand inhabitants at 7.3. Germany followed closely behind with 5.8 beds per thousand people, which is considered one of the best health systems in the world.

When it comes to psychiatric hospitalization beds, Israel has an even lower rate of 0.3 beds per thousand people, which is below the OECD average of 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. However, there are plans in place to address these gaps and improve Israel’s healthcare system for the future.

According to Uriel Bosso, Minister of Health, additional investments are being made to increase the number of general hospital beds in Israel over the next five years by approximately 1,790 new beds, bringing the total number of general hospital beds to around 17,500. The Ministry also plans to add about 300 new psychiatric and rehabilitation department beds and open new centers in Jerusalem and northern regions to improve accessibility and quality of care for patients across Israel.

Moshe Bar Siman Tov, Director General of Health Services emphasized that these investments will be crucial for enhancing medical services for all residents of Israel as part of ongoing efforts to improve overall health outcomes.

In summary, despite falling short in certain areas such as psychiatric hospitalization and rehabilitation departments compared to other developed countries like South Korea and Germany; The Ministry of Health has plans in place to address these gaps through significant investments over time which will ultimately lead to improved healthcare services for all residents across Israel’s regions.

By Eleanor Harrison

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